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Hi, me again! After people were so helpful yesterday on my increased I thought I’d ask about decreases today.

pattern reads:

*dec, 3dc, repeat from * to end (24sts)

so I know I’m decreasing from 30stitches to 24, so a decrease of 6.  However, I seem to be decreasing much more rapidly... I have read the pattern as:

decrease to start, then 3 stitches, followed by another decrease.  But this then decreases the round by 10 and not 6.... what am I doing wrong? Am I doing my actual decrease stitch wrong, or am I doing the decrease too soon?

see picture for pattern, I’m on round 21, already completed 20 and despite doing it wrong I think I will leave it as is...

thanks for any help guys! Visual is very useful for me :-)

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Hello there, you should only be decreasing a total of 3 double crochet stitches in that row, this will give you 24 in the end.

I would decrease every 8 stitches. But only three times.

The idea is to spread three deaceases over the 30 stitches. 

Your next row the same but 2 stitch decrease.

Hope this helps

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1 hour ago, NinaW said:

Hello there, you should only be decreasing a total of 3 double crochet stitches in that row, this will give you 24 in the end.

I would decrease every 8 stitches. But only three times.

The idea is to spread three deaceases over the 30 stitches. 

Your next row the same but 2 stitch decrease.

Hope this helps

Thank you Nina, :-)

 

Edited by Laurabhspt

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2 hours ago, NinaW said:

I hope it worked out for you!

Actually I’m confused lol... I’ve ubdone it and gone back to round 20, decreasing six stitches... from 36 to 30.

*dec, 4dc repeat from * to end(30sts)

based on what you’ve said(or rather how I’ve “understood” it lol), I would do 4 dc decreases in that round... but that would make an 8 stitch decrease in total? If each decrease in dc counts as 2....?

my brain is broken lol....

 

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How are you making your decreases?  the most common decrease is to make 2 partial stitches and finish them off together.  this way you "change 2 sts into 1" so to speak.   So each decrease subtracts only 1 stitch, not 2.    

after you have made the decreases, when you count stitches on that row, be sure you count the top of the stitch only; don't count the legs as there will still be 2 legs, but only 1 top.

in the row where you decrease from 36 to 30, you have to make 6 decreases: each decrease will remove 1 stitch from the total count.  

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59 minutes ago, magiccrochetfan said:

How are you making your decreases?  the most common decrease is to make 2 partial stitches and finish them off together.  this way you "change 2 sts into 1" so to speak.   So each decrease subtracts only 1 stitch, not 2.    

after you have made the decreases, when you count stitches on that row, be sure you count the top of the stitch only; don't count the legs as there will still be 2 legs, but only 1 top.

in the row where you decrease from 36 to 30, you have to make 6 decreases: each decrease will remove 1 stitch from the total count.  

Thankyou, yes that’s how I was doing it, but I’m now confused about the actual pattern reading then, what has the actual number got to do with increases? For example the 4dc?

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The 4 dc is the number of plain dc you make between the decreases.   It's the same idea as the previous rows when you were doing increases.  

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Row 21 under Head.

I just tried this before replying so I am not adding confusion.

It says

Decrease, dc3 repeat to end.

You need to decrease (double crochet 2together) then  do 3 double crochet, then do another decrease and 3 double crochet keep doing this repeat to the end of your row.

Make sure to keep a count after each row so you know you have the right amount of stitches to start, you might have picked up extra stitches and this will mess you up. :)

You will end up with your 24 stitches

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Just breathe you can do it!! :cheer

If your not sure about the decrease YouTube it then you will see how they do it :D

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