Decrease Stitch In Knitting

slip-knit-passDecrease Stitch In Knitting

A decrease stitch in knitting is the process that you will use to remove stitches from your knitting at the same time you will give a shape to your work. This process of decreasing will be more easy if you decide to do the decreasing process in the right side of your work (the side where the knitting stitches are no the purl side), but still you can decrease in the purl side (wrong side) by changing some words of these steps. There are several ways of decreasing stitches; next I will give you some of the names and step by step of decreasing stitches process.

Knit Two Stitches Together (K2 tog)

Knit two Stitches Together is one of the methods to decrease a stich. Follow the next step to learn how to knit two stiches together.

  • Step 1  To decrease at the beginning of the row you can knit two stitches together (k2 tog).

Knit Two Stitches Together step 1a                                  Knit Two Stitches Together step 1b

  • Step 2  You can use this one not only at the beginning, but remember the decreased stitches always go to the left.

Knit Two Stitches Together step 2

Slip Knit Pass (SKP)

Slip knit pass is one of the methods to decrease a stitch. Follow the next few steps to learn how to knit two stitches together.

  • Step 1  You will slip one stitch (pass one stitch from the left needle into the right needle without knit) knitwise (from the front of the stitch to the back).

Slip knit pass step 1a    Slip knit pass step 1b   Slip knit pass step 1c


  • Step 2  Knit the next stitch.

Slip knit pass step 2


  • Step 3  In your right needle pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch by,

                       a)  inserting your left needle into the slipped stitch

Slip knit pass step 3a
                       b) pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch

Slip knit pass step 3b
                       c) Take the slipped stitch out of both needles.

Slip knit pass step 3c

  • Step 4  You can use this one not only at the end of the row, but remember the decreased stitches always go to the right.

slip-knit-pass 4

Slip Slip knit Pass (SSK)

Here I will show you how to slip slip knit pass this is not as hard as it sounds, just follow the next few steps:

  • Step 1    You will slip the first stitch (pass one stitch from the left needle into the right needle without knit) knitwise (from the front of the stitch to the back).

Slip Slip Knit Pass Step 1


  • Step 2    You will slip the second stitch (pass one stitch from the left needle into the right needle without knit) knitwise (from the front of the stitch to the back).

Slip Slip Knit Pass Step 2

  • Step 3    Insert your left needle into the two slipped stitches of your right needle (the left needle has to be in front of the right needle)

Slip Slip Knit Pass Step 3


  • Step 4    Wrap your working yarn over the right needle.

Slip Slip Knit Pass Step 4


  • Step 5    Pull the yarn through both stitches with your right needle.

Slip Slip Knit Pass Step 5


  • Step 6    Slip both stitches off the left needle and right needle.

Slip Slip Knit Pass Step 6



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