Combined Knitting Decreasing

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When decreasing evenly on both sides of a piece, as in a sleeve increase, it is important to work the decreases inward from the edges of the knitting in two different rows.

For paired decreases on either side of a piece, as with a sleeve, an easy rule of thumb is to work decreases on the right edge of a piece on a RS (right side) row, and work the decreases on the left edge of the piece on a WS (wrong side) row.

Most knitting patterns are written for the Western Knitting Method. Charts are wonderfully democratic references that allow all types of knitters to follow a pattern with success. I am very pro-chart.

Combined
Western

K2tog - Left Slant


K2tog-L
SSK or K2tog TBL

(RS) Insert right needle into the leading edges of the next two sts together (starting with the stitch nearest the point) and knit these sts together.

(RS) Slip next two stitches one at a time onto the right hand needle. Slip them back to the left hand needle one at a time, twisting them counter clockwise so the leading edge is facing the tip of the needle. Insert right needle into the leading edges of the next two sts together and knit these sts together.


note, in the above example all sts on needle are mounted in Combination style

K2tog - Right Slant

K2tog-R
K2tog

(RS) Slip next two stitches one at a time onto the right hand needle. Slip them back to the left hand needle one at a time, twisting them clockwise so the leading edge is facing away from the tip of the needle. Insert right needle into the leading edges of the next two sts together and knit these sts together.

(RS) Insert right needle into the leading edges of the next two sts together (starting with the stitch farthest from the point) and knit these sts together.


note, in the above example all sts on needle are mounted in Western style

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