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How to Decrease Single Crochet

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:

1

Insert your hook into the next stitch.

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

2

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

You should have 2 loops remaining on your hook.

3

Insert your hook into the next stitch.

You're continuing to work single crochets normally.

4

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

You should have 3 loops on your hook.

5

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

You've completed one single crochet stitch decrease.

6

Take 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.

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