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How to Decrease in Basic Afghan Stitch

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

To make a decrease in basic Afghan stitch, you decrease in the first half of a row of basic Afghan stitch, subtracting loops from your hook; then, you work off all the loops in the second half as usual.

To practice making decreases, you can use a 16-stitch swatch. To decrease 1 stitch, work the first half of the row:

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1Insert your hook behind the first and second vertical bars in the row below.

You need to have 1 loop on your hook from the previous row.

2Yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through both stitches.

One decrease at the beginning of the row is complete.

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3Work in basic Afghan stitch across the rest of the row.

You should have 15 loops on your hook. (Remember, you decreased 1 stitch.)

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4Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through 1 loop on the hook.

Make sure you draw it through only one loop.

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5Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.

Repeat the preceding step and this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook.