From all angles – decreases; part 2 April 30, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Last week I talked about single decreases worked on the right side (RS) of your knitting, which is what most patterns ask for. However, once in a while you stumble upon a pattern that makes you work single decreases on the WS. As on the RS you can work right and left slanted decreases.

P2tog = purl 2 together looks exactly like k2tog when examined from the RS. Again, you do exactly that, you purl 2 stitches together.

Insert your needle into two stitches.

Purl them together.

This results in a decrease that looks exactly like k2tog on the RS.

P2tog tbl = purl 2 together through the back loop looks like ssk when examined from the RS. This decrease is not very common, though it is good to know how to do  it.

As for ssk you have to slip your stitches first.

Slip first stitch knitwise.

Slip second stitch knitwise.

Insert your left hand needle from the right into these two stiches and transfer like this from right hand needle to left hand needle.

Purl the 2 stitches together.

This results in a decrease that looks exactly like ssk on the RS.

There. You are all set for single decreases on both sides of your knitting. Come back for more info on double decreases next week!

– Mona