logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Knitting Site

BellaOnline's Knitting Editor

g

Decreases in Your Knitting

Guest Author - Marjorie Colletta

When a designer writes a pattern and the pattern indicates a decrease the pattern generally specifies the kind of decrease. The pattern will often say knit 2 together (k2tog) or slip, slip, knit (ssk or skp). These decreases are specified for a specific reason often, the reason being that they slant right and left and a right or left slant looks better. Learning which decrease slants in which direction will make your knitting look better, more finished and will help you fill in the blanks if a designer doesnt specify what kind of decrease to use.

A knit 2 together, also abbreviated as k2tog, decrease is when you insert the right hand needle through the front to the back (as if to knit) of the next two stitches on the left hand needle simultaneously and knit them together. This decrease slants to the right.

Knit 2 Together


If you knit 2 together through the back of the loops or k2tog tbl, you insert your right hand needle through the back of the next two stitches on the left hand needle, wrap your yarn around the right hand (as if to knit) and knit them together, this will cause the stitch to slant to the left.

KBL


There is also a decrease called an SSK, that is a left slanting decrease. In this decrease you slip the next two stitches as if to knit-one at a time- then knit them together.

SSK


Another decrease Id like to mention is a variation of the SSK, which is that you slip the first stitch on the left hand needle as if to purl, then the next stitch on the left hand needle as if to knit, finally you knit them together knitwise.

Decreases


A final decrease Id like to add is a PSSO or pass slipped stitch over. In this decrease when you come to the spot to decrease you slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle as if to purl, knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the top of the knit stitch.


Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Twitter Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Facebook Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to MySpace Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Del.icio.us Digg Decreases+in+Your+Knitting Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Yahoo My Web Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Google Bookmarks Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Stumbleupon Add Decreases+in+Your+Knitting to Reddit




Increases Lifted and Bar
More Increases
Cast On
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Knitting Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Marjorie Colletta. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Marjorie Colletta. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lisa Linnell-Olsen for details.

g


g features
Review of Happy Feet

Tips for Faster Knitting

Op-Art Socks Review

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor