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.
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.
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.
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 that yarn through just like you would a regular knit stitch.
And then drop the stitch right from the needle. Ta-da! Decrease made. Easy, right?
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.
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?