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How to Crochet the Invisible Decrease for Amigurimi Crochet

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Amigurumi – say it with me now! Ami-gu-ru-mi. If you’re not sure you’re saying that right that’s okay! I’m not sure I’m saying it right either. 😉 But I do love crocheting amigurumi stuffed animals, especially my new collection of bookmarks that I can’t seem to stop adding to.

When crocheting amigurumi, making your items appear more professional really is as simple as #1) counting your stitches #2) NOT joining at the end of each round and #3) using the invisible decrease. If you are brand new to amigurumi, I highly encourage you to try my duckbunny and/or my frog bookmark patterns – the pig, monkey, crab, dragon, cat, dog, penguin, flamingo and more will be joining the collection as quickly as I can create the patterns and crochet them. Freakin’ adorable, right?!

How to Crochet the Invisible Decrease

Invisible Decrease for Amigurimi Crochet 

The invisible decrease is quite simple once you get the hang of it, and when you’re finished not only will others have a hard time finding those decrease stitches – even an experienced crocheter will have a hard time finding them as well. You are a crochet professional, honey.

I do not recommend using this method of decreasing for anything other than amigurumi crochet. If used on a flat project (a washcloth or scarf etc) it will pucker and just not look right. Add some stuffing, however, and all bets are off! Momma don’t play.

How to Crochet the Invisible Decrease

Instead of doing a normal single crochet decrease, where you insert into the next two entire stitches, for the invisible decrease we are going to hook the front loop only of the next stitch, then the next stitch (without yarning over) and finishing it off as a normal single crochet stitch. Easy peasy right? Watch the video tutorial below…

YouTube video
Wasn’t that easy?!

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11 Comments

  1. thanks so much for the tip! these are perfect gift for any adults that you appreciate! At least adults who knows what books are !!!
  2. Hi! I am so expressed with your teaching style. You are very easy to understand and appear very patient with you readers. Thank you for your hard work. ❤
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  4. I thank you for getting right to the point. You don't dance around it which doesn't waste my time. I cannot thank you enough for it! I'm working on your pattern for the big elephant head. My husband and I are huge Alabama football fans. (He played while Coach Bear Bryant was there.!) Anyway, I appreciate your free patterns and video explanations very much. Blessings over you my dear.
  5. Hi Tiffany! You'll use the invisible decrease where it says to sc2tog in the pattern. It replaces that stitch. :) Hope that helps!
  6. Hello, I have a couple of questions. I am currently working on making the Duck right now. I am fairly new to crocheting. I have only ever made a headband and beanies. I just would like to know when I need to use the Invisible stitch? is it every time I finish a round? if not when finishing a round do I need to chain up or just go on to the next round? I feel like I am not getting this right and just need a little bit more instruction. Thank you, Tiffany
    1. Tiffany-The invisible decrease is when the pattern says sc2tog (single crochet 2 together) The best thing is look up Amigurumi basics on YouTube. There's a girl from the UK who does a great job explaining. When you finish the round you sl st (slip stitch) and then ch 1 (one chain) to start the foundation of the next round.