Introduction: SKP & SK2P – 2 Easy Decreasing Knitting Stitches!

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Today I want to show you these 2 pretty ways to decrease knitting stitches!
These will give you an interesting left leaning decrease while also shaping your knitting!

You’ll love this technique for the center of leaves, or when you want a decreasing stitch that balances the popular right leaning K2TOG stitch!

In other words, let’s say you’re working on a flat garment. On one side you K2tog, but on the opposite side, you want a decrease that mirrors the k2tog…then the SK2P will be the perfect companion to the K2TOG! Both will lean in towards each other!

Watch the Video above, follow the photo tutorial or both to learn 2 ways to decrease!

Step 1: Slip Your First Stitch on Your Left Needle, Onto Your Right Needle Knitwise (as If to Knit).

SKP stands for: Slip 1, K1, PSSO
(slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit one stitch)

Step 2: Knit the Next Stitch Normally

Step 3: Here You Can See the Stitch You Slipped, and the One You Knit

Step 4: Insert Left Needle Through the Slipped Stitch.

Step 5: Lift This Slipped Stitch Over the Knit Stitch, and Let It Go Over and Off the Right Needle.

Step 6: Now You Have a Finished SKP! Repeat Steps 1-4 for Every SKP You Want to Make.

Step 7: Now How to SK2P...

SK2P stands for: SL1, K2TOG, PSSO
(slip one stitch, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the 2 stitches that were knit together)

Step 1) Slip your first stitch from your left needle, onto your right needle knitwise (as if to knit).

Step 8: Knit the Next 2 Stitches Together.

Step 9: In the Photo Above, You Can See Your Slipped Stitch & K2TOG

Step 10: Insert Your Left Needle Through the Slipped Stitch

Step 11: Lift Slipped Stitch Over the K2TOG, and Let It Go Over and Off Your Right Needle.

Step 12: You Have Now Finished an SK2P!

I hope you loved learning these 2 methods of decreasing! If you don’t get it at first, just keep practicing and you will get it!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in comments below!

Happy Knitting!