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How to Knit Two Together

You’ve mastered the knit stitch. You’re a pro at purl. Now you want to get into something more exciting. How about trying some decreases?

Decreases are necessary if you want to move past the traditional scarf and knit something with more shape. You’ll see decreases in all types of knit patterns, from hats to wraps and sweaters.

When you want to work some decreases into your knitting, knit two together (usually written as k2tog in the pattern) is one of the easiest ways to do it.

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When to Use Knit Two Together
Knit two together works for all kinds of decreases, but you’ll notice that the stitches in the knit two together lean toward the right. Most patterns have right-leaning stitches on the left side and left-leaning stitches on the right side -- that way everything is all neat and tidy.

Your knitting pattern will tell you when to k2tog, but it’s still important to know which way the stitches slant. To get the stitches to lean to the left, you’d use a ssk (slip, slip, knit) or skp (slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over), but those are lessons for another day. Let’s start off easy!

The knit two together is most commonly used for in-the-round knitting where you have something that is knit in a circle, like a hat.

See how the stitches on the edge are leaning toward the right? Those are knit two together decreases.

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How to Make a Knit Two Together
Knit up until the two stitches that you want to knit together to make the decrease. (If you’re following a pattern, the pattern will tell you when to knit two together. No need to worry about that!) For my swatch, I worked up until the last 3 stitches.

last three stitches

Put the needle through both of the next two stitches and wrap the yarn around, as if you’re knitting a normal knit stitch. Remember that the k2tog is exactly that -- knitting two stitches together as one.

pull yarn through

Pull that yarn through just like you would a regular knit stitch.

last three

And then drop the stitch right from the needle. Ta-da! Decrease made. Easy, right?

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Knit Two Together Patterns

Now that you’ve got the hang of the knit two together decrease, try it out with some of these decrease-friendly patterns.

flower headband
Flower Headband Earwarmer: Knowing how to knit two together is a must for projects like hats and earwarmers. You’ll get plenty of k2tog practice (and warmth!) with these lovely earwarmers.


knit mouse
Knit Little Mouse: Knit two together skills come in handy when you’re decreasing to make this amigurumi mouse. This would be cute hanging out in your house, or even as a cat toy.


mushroom hats
Mushroom Hats: Remember when I said that knit two together is necessary for hats? The best thing about these beanies is that they’re versatile. Knit a mushroom version for everyone in the family, or just make some colorful polka dot hats. The hat is knit from the bottom up, so it’s the perfect time to practice your decreasing.


baby sandals
Baby Sandals: This pattern will help you practice both decreases and increases. And what better shoe to knit than one for a baby? You’ll finish it in one day!


knit cupcake purse
Knit Little Cupcake Purse: Don’t deny it. We all want a little cupcake purse. To get the little cupcake purse, you have to do some knit two together decreases! If you’re not game for the purse, why not use it as a decoration in the kitchen?


Still need some extra help decreasing? Take A Most Bespeckled Hat Workshop with Alexandra Tinsley and get some extra help -- and a really awesome hat.

Have you tackled the knit two together decrease yet? What are your favorite projects to make using the decrease?


Nancy Noel

This was quite helpful. I am reconnecting with knitting and I didn’t recognize the slant of the stitches you addressed and how to decrease for each direction of the slants.’Thank you!

Barbara aylor

When using heavier yarn how how do this without a lot of difficulty.

When you are knitting. With heavier yarn how do you do without much difficulty.


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