Balanced double decrease

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Working a decrease that takes one stitch from each side and leaves the center stitch on top has lots of potential for shaping and for working beautiful stitch patterns.

l Insert the right needle into the second and first stitches as if to knit two together, and slip these stitches onto the right needle.
Double Decrease Knitting

2 Knit the next stitch, then lift the two slipped stitches over-the middle stitch of the decrease lies on top.

In this swatch, the ribs travel to the center and the decreased stitches are neatly hidden under the center stitch. The rib remains correct for the following rows.

40 Additional Know-How: More Useful Increases

The basic increases shown on page 23 all make one stitch. Here are two neat ways to increase two stitches.

Multiple increases are useful for lace stitchcs and for keeping stitch patterns - such as ribs - correct while shaping.

Knitting Increases For Ribs

Use this method to increase just one stitch: knit the lifted stitch, then the next stitch, and the new stitch lies to the right. Knit the stitch, then the lifted stitch, and the increase is on the left.

WORKING A DOUBLE LIFTED STITCH INCREASE

Knitting into each side of the top of the stitch on the row below makes an increase that's decorative and useful for keeping patterns such as rib and moss stitch correct when shaping. This increase can be varied by knitting into the back of the lifted stitch or purling into the lifted stitch.

■4 Work to the increase, lift the stitch from the row below the next stitch on to the left needle, and knit it. Knit the stitch on the left needle, then lift the stitch previously knitted into on to the left needle, and knit it.

Use this method to increase just one stitch: knit the lifted stitch, then the next stitch, and the new stitch lies to the right. Knit the stitch, then the lifted stitch, and the increase is on the left.

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