Frequent question: What does decrease mean in knitting?

How do you decrease in knitting UK?

Also referred to as knit 2 together.

  1. Insert the right needle into two stitches.
  2. With the yarn behind the needles, wrap it around the tip of the right needle anti-clockwise and draw the yarn through to create a knit stitch as normal.
  3. You have now decreased the stitch.

How long should a hat be before decreasing?

You’re finished hat should be 2 – 4 inches smaller (negative ease) than you’re actual head circumference. I usually knit mine 2 inches smaller. The reason for this is because you want your hat to fit comfortably snug on your head.

How do you keep patterns when decreasing?

For a decrease, always consider which stitch ends up on top. (Hint: in a decrease, whatever stitch our needle enters first ends up on top.) A p2tog is all well and good to turn two purls into one purl, but it doesn’t looks so great when you have a purl overlapping a knit.

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