This double decrease results in symmetrical shaping with a raised vertical stitch in the center. It is worked on the front side of a piece of knitting. It is sometimes called slip 2, knit 1, pass 2 slipped stitches over.
O Insert the right needle into the next 2 stitches on the left needle as if to knit them together and then slip them off the left needle and onto the right needle.
2 Knit the next stitch from the left needle.
3 Use the left needle to pick up both slipped stitches at the same time and pass them over the knit stitch and off the right needle.
You can see here how the double vertical decrease looks when performed over a progression of rows. The purl rows are worked without decreasing.
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