This is one of the most useful crochet stitches that I have in my crochet tool box. The decreased single crochet (d.sc) stitch allows me to decrease my stitch count, without leaving a gaping hole… the one that would be created by simply skipping a stitch. Being a crocheted doll maker, this is important, because holes cause gaps. Gaps cause your stuffing to show or fall out. I’m a big fan of keeping everything tight. The stitch is useful for all types of crocheting; not just doll work. It’s one of the most useful crochet tools when shaping your work. You can use this stitch to decrease one (or more!) stitch in a few steps. It’s easy enough for a beginning crocheter to master.
Note – you will see this also as decrease single crochet… but my grammar won’t allow it this way. It’s decreased, and I’m running with it.
The basic decrease is one stitch. I’ll show you how to decrease more than one stitch below. You start with inserting the hook through the first stitch (st), yarn over (yo), and pull the loop through the stitch (st). You now have two loops on your hook. Insert the hook through the next stitch (st), yarn over (yo), pull that loop through the stitch (st), and now there are three loops on your hook. You are going to finish this as a single crochet (sc) stitch. Yarn over (yo), and pull the loop through the three loops on your hook. You have just decreased your stitch (st) count by one. It would read in a pattern: d.sc the next 2 sts tog.
The steps for decreasing more than one stitch (st) at a time is the same. You just repeat the steps above and add more stitches that you are pulling through a loop. If we make a decreased single crochet (d.sc) stitch that would drop two stitches from the stitch count it would read like this in a pattern: d.sc the next 3 sts tog.
If you wanted to decrease three stitches in the one decreased single crochet (d.sc) stitch, then you would insert the hook through the next (4th) stitch and continue as above.
The yarn used in this tutorial is KBG’s hand dyed, Cheeseburger Party Bus.
Some of my favorite KBG patterns that use d.sc are: