Triple Decrease (tr dec or tr2tog) Tutorial

A decrease is made by taking two stitches and making it into one. The Triple Decrease is like the double crochet decrease (Double Crochet decrease) except some crocheters think that this one seems to take a little longer, mainly because there are more steps then when we work the double. In the same way the double crochet decrease is made, by working each stitch up to its second to last step and then pulling through all the remaining loops, so for the triple decrease.

This is a useful stitch to master, as you will see it in many pattens. For example doilies, open lacy patterns, shaping such as under the arms on garments; just to name a few.

In addition to the Tr dec, the stitch is also abbreviated tr2tog in patterns. But no matter how it is written it is preformed the same way.

So if you have not taken the time to master this stitch, there is no time like the present Lets get our yarn and hook and get started on the Tripe Decrease.
Triple Decrease Tutorial:

Note: Decreases are usually made by working 2 or more stitches together.


Step 1: Yarn over hook twice, insert on stitch, and draw up a loop. (pictured above)


Step 2: Yarn over and draw loop thru 2 loops on hook. You should have 3 loops left on hook.   (pictured above)


Step 3: Yarn over and insert hook on next stitch, pull up a loop. You now have 5 loops on hook.   (pictured above)


Step 4: Yarn over and draw thru 2 loops. You should have 4 loops on hook.   (pictured above)


Step 5: Yarn over and draw thru 3 loops. You should have 2 loops.   (pictured above)


Step 6: Yarn over and draw thru last 2 loops.   (pictured above)

How does it feel? You have just completed your first Triple crochet Decrease.

If you have already mastered this stitch I would love to hear what type of crochet items you have used it in. Please share!

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.


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I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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8 Responses to Triple Decrease (tr dec or tr2tog) Tutorial

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  3. You make it so easy for us to understand. Thank you.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing….

  6. Lucy McDermid says:

    This was in a pattern for baby sneakers but it was the first time I came across it and the stitch explanation was not correct it was described as the dc2tog which I knew. Thank you for the info

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