How to Decrease Single Crochet

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

You can decrease a stitch (abbreviated dec), which is really just subtracting a stitch, in a single crochet row. You decrease stitches in single crochet in the same places that you increase stitches — at the ends of the row or somewhere in the middle:

1Insert your hook into the next stitch.

If you’re decreasing at the beginning of the row, insert your hook in the first stitch.

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

You should have 2 loops remaining on your hook.

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3Insert your hook into the next stitch.

You’re continuing to work single crochets normally.

4Yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the stitch.

You should have 3 loops on your hook.

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5Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on your hook.

You’ve completed one single crochet stitch decrease.

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6Take a look at these symbols for single crochet stitch decrease.

Stitch diagrams use symbols to give you a pictorial description of the pattern design — and may or may not include written directions. These are the symbols for a single crochet decrease in crochet stitch diagrams.