Knitting - Basic Techniques
One or more stitches may need to be decreased to shape a project, perhaps 1 stitch at each side of a row for side, armhole, or neck shaping, or multiple stitches on each side for armholes or neck shaping.
Multiple decreases may be needed evenly spaced across a row or may be worked at specific places in the fabric, such as for darts.
See Symbolcraft for symbols and working instructions for knit 2 together (right-slant) and slip, knit, pass (leftslant) decreases.
DECREASING 1 STITCH AT EACH SIDE
Mirrored decreases, 1 stitch at the beginning and 1 stitch at the end of the row.
Decreasing at the edge may be done in 2 ways depending on the look desired.
Method A shows the edge stitches facing (the edge stitches on top of the adjacent stitches).
Method B shows the adjacent stitches facing (the edge stitches under the adjacent stitches).
|Method A Knit|
|Method B Knit||Method B Purl|
|Decreasing while maintaining edge stitch(es) 1 st|
|Decreasing while maintaining edge stitch(es) 2 sts|