How to Crochet: Double Crochet Decrease

By Rachel Choi – 65 Comments

A double crochet decrease is the same thing as double crocheting a number of stitches together; for example, dc2tog. You may also see a double crochet decrease abbreviated as “2-dc dec” in a crochet pattern. However, you can do decrease on more than just 2 stitches at a time.

In a nut shell, here what you have to do: (Yo, insert hook, yo, draw lp through, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) in each of the sts indicated, yo, draw through all lps on hook.

If that doesn’t makes sense that’s okay! Here is a picture tutorial of what to do. This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

First I’m going to start out with a small swatch of double crochets. (You don’t have to. Just use a piece of work you want to practice your decreases on)

Step 1: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)



Step 2: Insert your hook into the first stitch that you want to work the decrease on.





Step 3: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)


Step 4: Pull the strand of yarn through 1 loop on your hook. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.



Step 5: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)



Step 6: Pull the strand of yarn through 2 loops on your hook. You should now have 2 loops on your hook. Notice that this is an unfinished double crochet stitch. Instead of finishing the stitch you will be making another partial double crochet in the next stitch(s) by following the instructions below.



Step 7: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)



Step 8: Insert your hook into the next stitch.



Step 9: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)



Step 10: Pull the strand of yarn through 1 loop on your hook.



Step 11: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)



Step 12: Pull the strand of yarn through 2 loops on your hook. You have just complete another partial double crochet. You should now have 3 loops on your hook. If you would like to work your double crochet decrease over more than 2 stitches, repeat steps 7 – 12 for as many stitches as desired or indicated in a pattern (this will add one more loop onto your hook each time). Then proceed to the last 2 steps.



Step 13: Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)



Step 14: Pull the strand of yarn through all the loops on your hook.



Congrats! You just completed your double crochet decrease!!!

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65 Comments

  1. Cathy says:

    Hi Rachel, I am in the middle of making a slouchy hat…I need to do the dc dec in 32 stitches around… I get confused at step 12. If I do all the stitches (32) I have a lot of loops on my hook! (they keep falling off the end…am doing this right? do I need a longer hook?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Cathy, are you sure the pattern wants you to make a decrease using all the 32 stitches? It seems like a lot! It might want you to use multiple decreases within the 32 stitches. Might want to double check the pattern you are using to make sure :)

  2. Annette says:

    Hi Rachel, thanks so much for your post, it was very easy to follow and made sense. Thanks

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