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Invisible Decrease Tutorial (invdec)

Posted on: December 30, 2007

Merry belated Christmas, my friends. And here’s a little present, at least for my crafty friends.

Since I couldn’t find a drawing or photo online of how to do an invisible decrease (invdec), I decided I might as well put one up myself — it’s not always the right one to use, but it’s such a lovely, useful stitch, especially for amigurumi. Here’s a slide show of it (probably overkill on some of the steps; with all this folderol you’ll think it’s a hard stitch, but it really isn’t, though sometimes it’s a little tight to fit the hook into. Oh well).

For those who for some reason can’t see the slide show, here’s a few of the more relevant photos.


Invdec, step 1

The green arrows just show the sideways “v”s of the top of the stitches. The red arrows point out the front loops where you’ll insert the hook.


Invdec, step 2

Up through the front loop of the first stitch.


Invdec, step 3

Then immediately angle the hook down (while ignoring my abominably torn cuticles) and …


Invdec, step 4

… go up through the front loop of the second stitch …


Invdec, step 5

… and you have three loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw up a loop through the two front loops, then finish as you would a regular single crochet.


Invdec, wrong-side view

This is a view of the wrong side of the crochet. The red arrow points to the back of the invisible decrease (see how there’s a dropped line of yarn, just below where the arrow is pointing? that’s the two back loops from the two stitches you decreased to one), while the green arrow points to the back of the single crochet, for contrast. All this because from the front (which I probably should’ve also taken a shot of, oh well, go try it and see how awesome it looks) it’s well… almost invisible, so if you need to count back to the decrease you may have to look at the back of the work to tell. And this is what you’re looking for.

Well, there it is. I hope it’s all clear and helpful. Any comments or suggestions for improvement are appreciated. (P.S. I did make a video of this. Does anyone want me to put it up?)


37 Responses to "Invisible Decrease Tutorial (invdec)"

I am in awe.

I am totally incompetent in any craft and/or tactile project.

I’ve never heard of this technique before! I’d like to see it from the right side… I’ll try it in my next ami and see how it looks! Thanks for this tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to try this! I have heard of it and read about it but I had no idea on how to do it! I’m workingon some ami’s so we’ll see what it looks like, for I too, had holes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fantastically clear.. Just one question – if you are doing amigurumi and using invdec, do you stagger where you postion the invdec stitch? That is, if you are crocheting an arm/leg and have to do 3 rounds where you drop one stitch in each round (using and invdec) do you do the first invdec on stitch 1, then on the next round, do it halfway round the round, and on the third round, do it at the end of the round?
I’ve just done it with an invdec at the beginning of each of the three rounds and it leaves an ugly angled decrease, hence my question…..please help!

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I’m curious, if that’s an invisible decrease, what’s the visible decrease like?

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this tutorial. I wish I’d found it months ago!

Thanks for your great tutorial. I used your pics and displayed them on my blog (I need to use Chinese to explain the steps) I did put links and link back your pics back to your flickr. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks again for your pics.

Thanks for this tutorial! It’s going to make a lot of difference in several of my crochet projects (not just amigurumi).

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AWESOME! I’ve tried both and THIS is way better in the over all finished quality of my crochet works! Thanks for such a great tut!

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saw a video tutorial, but it was too fast and they didn’t repeat it. thanks for the photos.

why isn’t my address “behind girls college”?

thanks! i was very unhappy with my old decreases, this looks so much better!

I am having a hard time with the back leg. I am confused by step five which says “3 invdec, sc around, leave 1 sc in rnd” I don’t understand what to do. I would be so grateful if you could coach me!!! Thanks so much!!!! Sincerely, Anita

p.s. I am VERY new to this!!

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Thank you!!!

Thank you, it is useful…

Thanks <33!!!

Im defo gonna try this out ! I hate those gaps from decreasing so hope this will work better ๐Ÿ˜€ TY !

Just tried it out – amazing! Looks really good ๐Ÿ˜€ this will be big improvement to my amigurimis ! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thank you so very much for the instruction!! =) I’ve been making amigurumi since about 3 months, and i always had these annoying holes while decreasing. I tried your technique, and it definitely works! =)No more ugly holes. I’m so happy!=)

thank you so very much!! =)

This is how I’ve always done it, what is the other way?! Good to know I’m doing something that looks nice ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you normally just skip a stitch when decreasing?

The normal way to decrease is to put the hook into the first stitch (both sides, instead of front loop only), pull up a stitch onto the hook and leave it there, then do the same in the next stitch, so that there are two stitches on the hook, and then finish that stitch like a single crochet. At least that’s my normal way ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s a link to it…

totally awesome, never seen anything done so perfect

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