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Knit 2 Together – (k2tog)
Because my grandmother taught me how to knit I never really learned the proper way to do anything and had to figure it out on my own. Yes, she taught me but whenever I needed to decrease, fix a hole, or even cast on she would help me out. So when I decided to start knitting again in college I thought I was so amazing only to find out all I knew was how to do a knit stitch.
I decided to bring you this tutorial on knit 2 together – (k2tog) because I think that sometimes we don’t take the time to really understand what it is we are doing when reading a pattern, so let’s get into it.
Knit 2 together is made to decrease your work. It’s not hard, but can help you shape your patterns to fit perfectly, create a wave, and so much more!
Let’s get into what it is we’re doing. Usually we just knit each stitch. However, when we are trying to decrease we want to have less stitches, but no holes. So we knit two together. It is worked exactly the same as a regular knit stitch, but you make sure that there are two stitches instead of one. Hence the name.
Note: You can also Purl 2 together if that’s how you’re working your pattern.
If you are beginning to decrease I suggest using a pattern to make it a gradual decrease, especially if it is being worked in the round like a hat. For example, I would knit 6 stitches, knit 2 together and repeat until the end of the round. Then I would knit 5 stitches, knit 2 together and repeat this sequence until I can bind off and sew the top of the hat together. Easy right?!
What stitch should I do next?!