Decreasing one stitch

The simplest way to decrease one stitch is to knit or purl two stitches together (k2tog or p2tog). Both of these methods produce the same result on the front (knit side) of the work; the decrease slopes to the right

K2tog on a k row Knit to where the decrease is to be. insert the right-hand needle (as though to knit) through the next two stitches and knit them together as one stitch.

P2tog on a p row Purl to where the decrease is to be. insert the right-hand needle (as though to purl) through the next two stitches and purl them together as one stitch.

Baby bootees knitted in a worsted (DK) merino yarn on size 6 (4mm/UK8) needles. See page 147 for pattern.

1 Slip two stitches knitwise, one at a time, from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle (they will be twisted), pass these two stitches back to the left-hand needle in this twisted way.

2 Purl these two stitches together through the back loops.

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The baby's bootees are worked in stockinette (stocking) stitch and shaped by using increases and decreases creatively.

Baby bootees knitted in a worsted (DK) merino yarn on size 6 (4mm/UK8) needles. See page 147 for pattern.

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