Yarnover increase and decrease symbols

Like other charts for knitted stitch patterns, charts for knitted lace "picture" the patterns they represent. As you may expect, the two symbols you find most often in lace charts are the one for a yarn-over increase (usually presented as an O) and some kind of slanted line to mimic the direction of a decrease. Take a look at Figure 12-1 for an example. It shows the chart for the cloverleaf lace pattern (you can find instructions for this pattern in the later section, "Knitting Different Kinds of Lace").

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| | Knit on right side, Purl on wrong side

| | Knit on right side, Purl on wrong side

Figure 12-1 j2<] Knit 2 stitches together (k2tog) Chart for the cloverleaf [0]Yam over pattern.

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Notice that the decrease symbol appears in only one square even though a decrease involves 2 stitches. Charting the decrease this way allows the yarn-over symbol to occupy the square for the decreased stitch. Sometimes the yarn over shows up adjacent to the decrease, as it does in this pattern. Other times, the yarn over isn't placed directly before or after the decrease but rather somewhere else entirely in the pattern row. In either case, in most patterns the number of decrease symbols is the same as the number of yarn-over symbols because, as stated before, every increase has a corresponding decrease.

A k2tog (knit 2 stitches together) decrease slants to the right. An ssk (slip, slip, knit) decrease slants to the left. For instructions on these techniques, refer to Chapter 6.

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