Decrease - To Join or Skip - Crochet Tip 9
There are two ways to decrease on the edge of a crochet piece. You can decrease by eliminating a stitch or you can do an actual decrease by joining two stitches together. The reason for how I decrease is to make sure there are no holes. The edges are where holes usually develop in turning and decreasing. If I need to decrease at the beginning of a row, I will do my chain, then do the decrease over the next two stitches. This will fill in and not leave a hole at the edge of my piece. On occasion, such as a ripple stitch, a hole might not be a big deal. Decreasing by eliminating a stitch will be perfectly fine. There are two variations when it comes to decreasing a crochet stitch.