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Decreasing stitches

DECREASING

Make your knitting narrower by reducing stitches. There are two methods suggested for decreasing stitches, Knit 2 Together (K2tog) and Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK).

Knit 2 together (k2tog)

Beginning of row decrease, right slanting. You can do one decrease, or a series of decreases all the way across the loom, to draw up, or decrease, stitches by half. It is used a lot when knitting hats (crown decreases).

1. Move the 1st stitch to peg 2. The 2nd peg will have 2 loops.

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2. Now work the row. When working the peg, take 2 bottom loops over the top loop. One stitch has been decreased.

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K2tog across all stitches (for a gathered decrease)

Remove every other loop and move to the adjacent peg to the left.

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Then move stitches inward to cover the empty pegs. This will reduce stitches by half. When knitting row, work 2 over 1.

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Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)

Left slanting. This works the same way as the K2tog decrease, except it is left slanting. Move loop from peg 5 to peg 4. When working peg 4, lift the 2 bottom loops over 1 loop. One stitch has been decreased.

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