For everyone who has joined me in my journey through Annie’s Hook & Needle Club, I thought I would do a tutorial on the single crochet decrease. It is a stitch you will need to know to complete the Uptown Beret and Fingerless Mitts.

A single crochet decrease is basically just subtracting a stitch. It is used usually to decrease the number of stitches you have in the row, to form a shape in a pattern, or to change the shape of the item you are crocheting.

Usually a decrease is worked several times in a row and it is often placed at regular intervals through out the row. There are several ways a single crochet decrease are written, I am going to share with you the two most common. Although the abbreviations look different they are worked exactly the same way.

sc dec – single crochet decrease

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

Why would you want to learn this stitch? It is used in many different patterns such as the ripple afghans, clothing, toys, many patterns, etc. In my case this week is was to crochet the Uptown Beret and Fingerless Mitts.

Enough talking, lets get our hook and yarn and learn the single crochet decrease.

Chain a foundation row of 20 single crochet

Turn your work and work a single crochet in the first stitch. Do not forget to chain one and work a single crochetin in the first stitch.

Note: This is to give us some stitches to work off from.

Single Crochet Decrease Tutorial


Step one: Insert your hook in the second stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop. You should now have two loops on your hook. (pictured above)


Step two: insert your hook through the next stitch, yarn over and draw up a 
loop. You should now have three loops on your hook. (pictured above)


Step three: Yarn over and draw through all three loops. Your first single 
crochet decrease is made. (pictured above)

Now practice by continuing working single crochet decreases across ending with a single crochet in the last stitch.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful, I know you will find the single crochet decrease useful in your repertoire of stitches you have mastered.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.