Decreasing

Decreases are used to make your fabric narrower by reducing the number of stitches. They are most often used when shaping necklines or the tops of sleeves. As with increases, decreases can form decorative detailing a few stitches from the edge, where different techniques are used to make the decreases slant to the right or left. This type of shaping, called 'fully fashioned', can be useful when shaping necks. By working 'knit 2 together' on the right neck edge and 'slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over' on the left side a neater edge is created, making it easier to pick up stitches around the neck for the neckband or collar. Worked one or two stitches in from the neckline edge, the slanting stitches can provide an interesting detail around the neck (see V-neck cardigan with contrast ribs on page 88).

On a knit row, insert the right-hand needle from left to right through the next two stitches on the left-hand needle and knit them together. One stitch has been decreased.

On a knit row, insert the right-hand needle from left to right through the next two stitches on the left-hand needle and knit them together. One stitch has been decreased.

purl 2 together (4p2tog' or 'dec one')

On a purl row, insert the right-hand needle from right to left through the next two stitches on the left-hand needle. Then purl them together. One stitch has been decreased.

1 Insert the right-hand needle into the next stitch on the left-hand needle and slip it onto the right-

hand needle without knitting it. Knit the next stitch. Then insert the left-hand needle into the slipped stitch as shown.

2 With the left-hand needle, lift the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch as shown and off the right-hand needle. One stitch has been decreased.

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