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Lace decrease stitches

Every increase in lace knitting is counterbalanced by a decrease. These are used to shape the individual lace motifs because some cause your knitting to slope to the left and some to the right.

  • Lace decrease stitches - Step 1

    Step 1

    K2TOG (RIGHT LEANING DECREASE): Insert the RH needle into the next two sts knitwise and k them both together

  • Lace decrease stitches - Step 2

    Step 2

    SSK (LEFT LEANING DECREASE): Slip two sts kwise from the L to RH needles. From the left, insert the LH needle into the fronts of these sts and k them both together

  • Step 3

    SL1, K1, PSSO (LEFT LEANING DECREASE): Slip the next stitch kwise from the L to RH needle

  • Step 4

    Knit the next stitch. Insert the tip of the LH needle into the slipped st and pass it over the top of the knitted stitch and off the end of the RH needle

  • Step 5

    SL1, K2TOG, PSSO

    NOTE: This will decreate two sts without leaning in either direction and is often used over the central sts in a motif. To work it, simply combine the techniques for skpo and k2tog

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