Purl-side Decreases

Here’s how to do three purl-side decreases.

 

P2tog (purl 2 together)

This is exactly like a k2tog, except you purl instead of knit. This makes a right-leaning decrease and looks the same as a k2tog from the right side.

 

ssp (slip, slip, purl)

This makes a left-leaning decrease and looks the same as an ssk from the right side. There’s really only one tricky bit…

First slip 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time (exactly the same as an ssk)

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Slip the first stitch knitwise.

 

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Slip the second stitch knitwise.

 

Slip both stitches purlwise back to the left-hand needle.

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Slip both stitches purlwise back to the left-hand needle.

 

(Here’s the tricky bit), insert the tip of the right-hand needle into the back loops of both stitches from back to front. In other words insert into the back leg of the second stitch on the left-hand needle, then into the first stitch (yes, it’s a bit awkward at first, but a little practice does wonders)…

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Insert right-hand needle through back loops of both stitches from back to front.

 

…then purl these stitches together.

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Purl these two stitches together.

 

That’s it!

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ssp completed!

 

dd (double decrease)

Purl 2 together, then slip the resulting stitch back to the left-hand needle.

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Purl 2 stitches together.

 

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Slip this stitch back to the left-hand needle.

 

Lift the second stitch on the left-hand needle over the top of the slipped stitch.

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Lifting the stitch over the slipped stitch.

 

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This is what it looks like when you have lifted the stitch over.

 

Slip the stitch back to the right-hand needle and move on!

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Slip the stitch back to the right hand needle and you’re done!

 

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