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Decreasing

There’s a few different ways to decrease depending on the pattern but again, they’re all simple to do:

K2TOG

To knit 2 stitches together simple place your RH needle through the 2 next stitches and knit as usual.

P2TOG

To purl 2 stitches together (used on a purl row) place your RH needle through the 2 next stitches and purl as usual.

K2tog (on a knit row)
P2tog (on a purl row)

 

The great SSK & SKPO debate…
(I’m sure you’ve heard of it!)

Generally it seems to be personal preference as to which of these methods you use. I tend to go with SKPO but lots of people like SSK…

SSK

1. Slip one stitch knitwise (to do this – place your RH needle into the stitch as if you’re going to knit it then before you knit it slip it off the LH needle onto the RH needle)

2. Slip the next stitch knitwise  (so both stitches are unknitted and on the RH needle)

3. Insert the LH needle from left to right through the front loops of both the slipped stitches and knit them the usual way

SKPO

1. Slip one stitch knitwise

2. knit the next stitch

3. Using your LH needle, pick up the first, slipped stitch and bring it over the knitted stitch and off the RH needle