When doing two successive decreases (like for mitten tops or sock toes)

  1. Make the first decrease a “slip, slip, knit” (SSK) – this makes the stitch lean to the left.
  2. Follow it with a “knit two together” (K2TOG) – this makes the stitch lean to the right.

Thus, the stitches will lean against each other and help close the gap that can appear between successive decreases.

Adapt the order of the decreases if you are decreasing at the beginning and end of a round:

  1. K2TOG the first stitch (leans to the right)
  2. SSK the last stitch (leans to the left)

Basically, when looking at the piece you want the left side stitch to lean right and the right side stitch to lean left.

This technique can be used to create a scallop pattern:

Chevron Towel (click through for pattern) I made one a few months back. This is a great way to use up odd ends.

Knittinghelp.com is a great source for learning about decreases and increases.

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