For crochet beginners, learning how to increase and decrease is the next step after mastering the basic crochet stitches. A double crochet decrease is used to make a row shorter, while an increase makes the row longer. Increases and decreases are what take your work from flat fabrics to exciting projects! With a double crochet decrease in your skill repertoire, you can start to take on crochet accessories, amigurumi characters and stylish garments.
How to decrease double crochet step-by-step
Insert your hook into the stitch you want to start your decrease.
Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch
Yarn over and pull up a loop, so you have three loops on your hook.
You have just created your first double crochet decrease.