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Learn to Knit: Decreases

8th October 2019 decreases 0 min read
Learn to Knit: Decreases

There are many different ways to decrease stitches in your work and they are referred to as 'decreases'.

When decreasing a stitch the way you do it will create a slope in the stitch to either the right or left and you should pick the type of decreases you use to create the end effect you want.

K2tog

Knit 2 stitches together. This creates a right leaning stitch.

SSK

Slip, slip and knit. Slip 2 stitches, one at a time, as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together through the back loops. This creates a left leaning stitch.

SSP

Slip, slip and purl. Slip 2 stitches, one at a time, as if to knit, then purl those 2 stitches together through the back loops. This is a trickier decrease to work as working 2 purl stitches together through the back loop requires a sharp needle tip.

 

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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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