How to Crochet a Sc2tog

By Jeris Swanhorst
Decrease crochet stitches using the sc2tog technique

The instruction “single crochet two together,” abbreviated sc2tog, indicates a decrease in a crochet pattern. Crocheting two single crochet stitches together creates one stitch where two existed in the previous row, shortening the row of single crochet stitches. Reasons to use this technique include shaping and narrowing pieces of work. In order to sc2tog, a project must contain at least two single crochet stitches to work the decrease.

Why Use Sc2tog

Single crocheting stitches together helps form toes of booties and slippers

Sc2tog decreases the number of single crochet stitches in a garment or piece of work in order to alter the shape. For example, reducing the number of stitches may be necessary to shape the toe of a slipper, baby bootie or sock. This decrease also narrows a piece, which is necessary for shaping sleeves or earflaps. It also helps form shapes such as hearts or flowers.

Materials Needed

  • Work in progress (consisting of at least two single crochet stitches)
  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook

Instructions

  1. Insert the crochet hook into the first single crochet stitch on the work in progress (or the indicated single crochet stitch of the work in progress), working from the front of the stitch to the back.

  2. Wrap the working yarn around the crochet hook.

  3. Draw the crochet hook back through the stitch, pulling up a loop on the hook from the wrapped yarn.

  4. Insert the hook into the next single crochet stitch of the work in progress.

  5. Wrap the working yarn around the crochet hook.

  6. Draw the crochet hook back through the stitch, pulling up a new loop on the hook. There will be two loops on the hook.

  7. Wrap the working yarn around the hook. Draw the wrapped yarn through the two loops on the hook. You have completed one sc2tog.

Tips

Avoid large gaps when using the sc2tog technique by using uniform, medium tension when wrapping the yarn around the hook and pulling the loops through the stitches.

About the Author

Jeris Swanhorst is a writer and English and literature instructor at the college level, and owner of SwanJay, a knitting and crochet business. She earned a master's degree in English from Minnesota State University in 2007.