Decreasing is one of the most important techniques in making amigurumi. By using it, we can model the shape of our work in many ways. Moreover, this technique will be used in almost every work, so mastering it is especially important. Fortunately, as I will show below, it is very easy.
In all of my patterns, a decrease is indicated as “dec“.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you two ways to decrease:
- traditional, that is working two stitches together; and
- “invisible” which allows for maximum reduction of the gaps between stitches worked together. It is used mainly in amigurumi.
Traditional way of decreasing
Below are instructions for decreasing in the traditional way. This method is used when crocheting in rows and sometimes also in amigurumi. At the same time, when starting your crochet adventure, you will almost inevitably begin with this method. This is because it is easier and a lot more intuitive than the “invisible” one.
Invisible way of decreasing
Below you will find a tutorial for decreasing in an (almost) invisible manner. This technique is most often used when making amigurumi, because it allows us to reduce the gaps between the stitches. Thanks to this, we can give our creation a nicer, smoother look.
Which method of decreasing is your favorite? Or maybe, like me, depending on what you crochet and what mood you have, you use both methods? 🙂