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Decreasing is simple–just knit two together, right? Well, yes…, but sometimes it’s a little more complicated than that. What if your pattern doesn’t tell you which decrease to use? What if you’re working decreases at both the beginning and end of your row (such as a sleeve cap or side shaping)? What if–heaven forbid–you have to decrease on the purl side of your work? We’ve all encountered these issues in our patterns and/or knitting, and this video is designed to demystify them for you, outline the basic principles of decreasing, and help you make the right choices for each individual project. The decreases are presented as follows:

  • Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)
  • Knit 2 Together (K2tog)
  • Purl 2 Together (P2tog)
  • Slip, Slip, Purl / Purl 2 Together Through Back Loop (SSP / P2togtbl)

Happy stitching!