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The two most commonly used decreases are knit 2 together (k2tog) and purl 2 together (p2tog). These decreases both slant somewhat to the right on the front side of a piece of knitting.

1 Insert the right needle into the front of the next 2 stitches on the left needle-as if to knit for k2tog (a) and as if to purl for p2tog (b).

2 Wrap the yarn over the right needle and knit the 2 stitches as 1 stitch for k2tog or purl them together for p2tog.

SLIP, SLIP, KNIT

This almost invisible decrease is worked on the front side of a piece of knitting, and it slants to the left. If you want to shape your knitting on both sides symmetrically, you can begin the row with a slip, slip, knit (ssk) and end the row with a k2tog.

1 Insert the right needle from front to back into the front of the next stitch on the left needle and slip it onto the right needle.

2 Repeat step 1.

You have slipped 2 stitches from the left needle to the right needle.

3 Insert the left needle into the fronts of both slipped stitches and then knit them as 1 stitch.

SLIP, SLIP, KNIT

This almost invisible decrease is worked on the front side of a piece of knitting, and it slants to the left. If you want to shape your knitting on both sides symmetrically, you can begin the row with a slip, slip, knit (ssk) and end the row with a k2tog.

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