But first, lets see some rows of single crochet worked in back loops only, without decreases!
I like the ribbing effect of this stitch!
Note: In the tutorial bellow, the decreases are made only on the upper row!
Terms and abbreviations used:
- sc: single crochet
- blo: back loops only
- 2 tog: two together
3 Ways of decreasing single crochet back loops only:
1) Single crochet back loops two together (sc blo 2 tog).The single crochet decrease 2 tog will produce a bulkier stitch as a normal single crochet worked in blo.
The steps to make are:
1) Insert hook into bl of the next stitch
2) Yarn over (made in picture above) and draw through the stitch. You have now 2 loops on the hook.
3) Leaving the 2 loops on the hook, insert hook into next stitch; (see picture at step 4)
One decrease sc blo 2tog made:
2.The second way of decreasing sc blo is to skip one stitch and work a sc blo in the next stitch.
The effect of this type of decrease are small loops in your work.
3.The third way it's what I call the “Invisible decrease single crochet back loops only”. The stitches are not bulky as the sc blo 2 tog, they look pretty, like the normal stitches sc blo!
Inspired by Moogly's tutorial for Invisible decrease for a normal single crochet, I tried to find a way that the decrease for sc blo to look much better.
Steps to make:
1) Insert hook into blo of the next stitch. You have 2 loops on the hook;
2) Leaving the 2 loops on the hook, insert the hook into the blo of the next stitch. You have now 3 loops on the hook;
3) Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on the hook. You'll have again 2 loops on your hook.
4) Yarn over, pull through the two loops on hook.
I used the invisible decrease sc blo to shape the neck part of my "Short Sleeved Toddler Cardigan", free pattern.