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How to do a Double Crochet Decrease or DC2TOG

Completed double crochet decrease stitch
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Today I want to share my tutorial for how to do a Double Crochet Decrease, which is also known as the DCDEC, DC2TOG or Double Crochet Two Together Stitch. This stitch is a variation of the Double Crochet Stitch and is regularly used as a way to reduce two Double Crochet stitches to a single Double Crochet Stitch but it can also be paired with other stitches to create an upside down “V”-shaped stitch in a fabric. I’ve got both a photo and video tutorial for us today so let’s grab our hooks and our yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch.

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You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet. You can mix up your hook and yarn weights to change up the look of this stitch. Using a larger hook with a worsted weight yarn will create a more open look and would be great for bags and summer accessories.

Check out my How to Crochet the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch video tutorial here:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • DCDEC = Double Crochet Decrease*
  • DC2TOG = Double Crochet Two Together*
  • ST(s) = Stitch(es)
  • YO = Yarn Over

**You may see DCDEC or DC2TOG used to describe this same stitch in different patterns. I tend to stick to DCDEC in my own designs but know that if you see DC2TOG in other patterns, they tend to mean the same thing.

How to Crochet the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch

Step 1: Yarn over (YO) hook and insert hook into the first stitch (ST) from the row below. YO and pull up a loop. You should have three loops on your hook. YO and pull through two loops on your hook.

step one of the double crochet decrease
step two of the DCDEC stitch

Step 2: YO hook and insert hook into the next ST. YO and pull up a loop. You should have four loops on your hook.

YO hook and pull through two loops on your hook. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

step 3 of the DCDEC stitch
last step of the double crochet decrease tutorial

Step 3: YO hook and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. DCDEC/DC2TOG completed.

first completed DCDEC stitch
completed double crochet decrease stitches

That’s it! Isn’t that’s so simple? Here are some free crochet patterns on my blog that use the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch so you can practice your new skill:

Want to learn something else? Check out these other great free crochet tutorials:

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