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How to decrease a stitch in knitting.

To decrease a stitch simply means  "subtracting" the stitch (or a few of them) from the number of stitches in the row for shaping and design. Different techniques of decreasing allow you either to make decreases  hardly visible or, on the contrary, make them clearly visible in the knitted fabrics. This way they will create additional decorative effect to your design.

There are dozens of ways to make increases which designers use for the decorative purposes. Videos presented on this page show you only two popular methods of decreasing stitches:

1. To work two stitches together through the front loop ( K2tog OR  p2tog).

2. To work two stitches together through the back loop. (ssk OR ssp)

 Decrease a Stitch.  Work Two Stitches Together THROUGH THE FRONT LOOP.

You can make  decreasing  either in the knit row ( K2togknit  2 stitches together)  or in the purl row (p2tog = purl  2 stitches together )

  • (k2tog) produces a right hand slope on the knit side of the fabric . (p2tog) makes a left slanting slope on the purl side.
  • To knit two stitches together in the knit row, insert working needle thought two stitches at once, then knit  them as if they are a single stitch.
  • To knit two stitches together in the purl  row, insert working needle thought two stitches at once, then purl  them as if they are a single stitch.

I would like to remind you , that all knitting stitches and technique are EXACTLY the same for both CONTINENTAL and English style of knitting. If you are not a very experienced knitter and some differences between two styles of knitting are confusing for you,  here is very detail help  at KnittingHelp. Since a vast majority of people is the visual learners   let's watch the videos.

K2tog

P2tog

To Work Two Stitches Together THROUGH THE BACK LOOP.

It can be done either in the knit row: ssk = slip, slip, knit 2 stitches togetherDecreasing a stitch in the purl row has abbreviation ssp= slip, slip, purl 2 together.

 SSK will produce left-slanting decrease in the knit row. SSP will look as a right-slanting decrease in the purl row.

SSK

SSP

More videos about advanced methods of knitting can be found at the bottom of the Knitting Video page.


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