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


step 1

Insert your hook into the stitch you want to start your decrease. 


step 2

Yarn over and pull up a loop. 


step 3

Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch


step 4

Yarn over and pull up a loop, so you have three loops on your hook. 


You have just created your first double crochet decrease. 

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I am a crochet mad, Instagram loving creator from London with a background in portrait photography. I started @calm.homemade to create a craft diary and a safe space to open up conversations about mental health and craft as therapy. It’s given me the platform to share my journey and help others feel more understood and less alone through the power of crochet. Crochet has really helped me heal and become more mindful, I hope this blog can help you find your calm through crochet.