Advent Mystery CAL: Amigurumi basics Part 2 increase and invisible decrease

Today I will be discussing increases and invisible decreases.

Increases in amigurumi don’t differ from increases in ‘normal’ crochet.

You simply make two stitches into the same stitch from the round below.

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This is what it looks like. The arrows are indicating the two single crochets worked into the same space.

The increases are also an easy way to locate the ends of rounds, however, if you battle finding the ends of rounds, use a stitch marker to signify the last stitch of the round. Simply insert the marker through the last stitch of the round and move it up with every round.

In amigurumi decreases are somewhat different.
Since the pieces should look as seamless as possible using a normal decrease (crocheting two stitches together, or skipping one stitch) is not advisable. Both these methods create a little pucker on the decrease and that becomes very distracting in the fabric since one needs to make quite a few decreases in each round.

Say hello to the invisible decrease!

This method really is invisible. And it’s quite easy to do.

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Step 1:
Insert your hook through the front loop of the first stitch to be decreased. Do not draw up a loop!

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Step 2:
Insert your hook through the front loop of the second stitch to be decreased.
You will now have three loops on the hook.

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The third loop on your hook is the working yarn loop, and the second and first loops are the front loops of the two stitches to be decreased.

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Step 3:
Draw up a loop and pull it through the first two loops on your hook.
Notice how the two loops resemble a normal single crochet (UK double crochet)?

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Step 4:
Draw up a loop and complete the stitch by pulling the yarn through both loops on the hook.

And there you go!
You’ve made an invisible decrease.

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Here’s a look at the back of the work.
Notice that you can clearly see the back loops of the two stitches you just worked the decrease on.
The next stitch to work into is the stitch where both front and back loop are clearly visible and unworked.

27. November 2015 by Stephanie Davies
Categories: Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. This is so exciting. Thank you for the build up

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