A k2tog (knit two stitches together) is a simple decrease used for shaping in knitting patterns. You use exactly the same steps and technique as when you knit a stitch, except that you work into two stitches at the same time.
The k2tog is used often in knitting as the opposite, counter, or mirrored decrease to the ssk (check out our ssk tutorial here). It leans the opposite way – the ssk leans left and the k2tog leans right.
How to work a k2tog
- Insert your right hand (RH) needle through two stitches at the same time (from front to back).
- Wrap the working yarn around the RH needle tip at the back of the work (exactly the same as you do when you knit a stitch), then use the RH needle tip to draw this loop from the back, through the 2 stitches, to the front, to create a new stitch on the RH needle.
- Drop the two ‘old’ stitches off the LH needle.
Working a k2tog decreases the stitch count, because you have effectively gathered two stitches together into a single stitch. If you work a series of k2togs (every other row) stacked on top of each other, you create a right-slanting line.
Variation: the k3tog
Sometimes you need to decrease more than one stitch, you need to decrease two. The k3tog is worked just the same as the k2tog, but you will insert the right hand needle through 3 stitches (instead of 2) and knit all 3 stitches together.
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