Knit or purl 2 stitches together, yarn over, slipping stitches

Knit two stitches together (k2tog)

This is the most basic of the decreases and the most commonly used.

From front to back, put the tip of the right-hand needle into the next two stitches on the left-hand needle.
 
Knit the two stitches together in the usual way as if they were one. You have made two stitches into one and so decreased by one stitch.

 

Purl two stitches together (p2tog)

This version of the basic decrease is used when working a purl row.

Put the tip of the right-hand needle into the next two stitches on the left-hand needle purlwise.
 
Purl the two stitches together as one. You have made two stitches into one and so decreased by one stitch.

 

Slipping stitches

When you need to move a stitch from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle without actually knitting or purling it, then you must slip it. This technique is used in many different ways in knitting.

Slipping a stitch knitwise
You would usually slip a stitch this way on a knit row, though some effects involve slipping a stitch the opposite way to the stitches that are actually being worked.

From front to back, put the tip of the right-hand needle into the next stitch on the left-hand needle and slip it over onto the right-hand needle.

Slipping a stitch purlwise
This is the method you use to slip a stitch purlwise, on a purl or a knit row.

From back to front, put the tip of the right-hand needle into the next stitch on the left-hand needle and slip it over onto the right-hand needle.

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Stretching stitches
When you are slipping a stitch be very careful not to pull on it and stretch it as there is nothing going through it to tighten it up again. Put the very tip of the needle into the stitch and allow it to find its own shape on the right-hand needle. A stretched slipped stitch will show in the finished knitting.
 

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The content on this page is taken from Ultimate Knitting Bible, published by Collins & Brown. 

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Last updated: 31-Jul-2013 at 3:45 PM