So you’re working on a crochet pattern and you come across a new, fancy term: the dc2tog. What to do? It sure does look scary at first! This double crochet decrease stitch is much easier than it sounds. Let me teach you how to double crochet two together using easy instructions in this dc2tog tutorial.
DC2TOG: How to Double Crochet Two Together
When you double crochet two together, you are essentially taking what were two double crochet stitches and turning them into just one double crochet stitch. This is also known as a decrease, and is particularly helpful in chevron or ripple patterns – or any pattern using a basic decrease stitch. 😉
This technique can take a few tries for beginners to master, but after working up a quick swatch you will see that the process is much more manageable than expected.
This stitch is also needed in order to make a double crochet cluster stitch. To practice that, head over to my Aligned Clusters tutorial – complete with a VIDEO tutorial! There’s even a free crochet pattern to help you master this stitch: the Crochet Cluster Cowl.
YO = Yarn Over
Dc2tog = double crochet two together
Decrease = what this stitch accomplishes
All Heart Hook Home crochet tutorials and patterns use US terms.
See the VIDEO for the dc2tog below.
With the dc2tog, you’ll start a double crochet as normal, but only complete the first half of it. Then you’ll start a new double crochet in the next stitch and complete the entire stitch.
Here’s a step-by-step guide with photos:
1. YO (Yarn over), insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop. (three loops on hook)
2. Yarn over, pull through just the first two loops. (two loops remaining on hook)
3. Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop. (four loops now on hook)
4. Yarn over, pull through just the first two loops. (three loops remaining on hook)
5. Yarn over, pull through all three remaining loops.
Double crochet decrease made! Continue in the next st and the following st for the number of stitches needed before moving on to the next row.
I hope you enjoyed this video and decrease tutorial, and I look forward to creating many, many more! You may also want to subscribe to the Heart Hook Home channel on YouTube! 😉 Thank you!
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