Neat Way to Decrease Stitches in 1×1 Ribbing

Neat Way to Decrease Stitches in 1x1 Ribbing

When we need to decrease stitches in “knit 1 purl 1” ribbing, we have a few options- we can switch to stockinette stitch right after we make the first set of decreases, or, we can change the pattern to “knit 2 purl 1” ribbing to make sure the decreased stitches blend in nicely into the stitch pattern.

These are all good ways to shape projects worked in 1×1 ribbing, but, in both cases, we modify the texture of the fabric.

The only way to decrease stitches without losing the look of the “knit 1 purl 1” ribbing is to decrease two stitches at the same time. If we do it without forming a slant, the shaping will not just look nice – it will add a lovely design element to the garment.

It is a perfect solution for shaping hats and shawls and for making evenly distributed decreases on sweaters and cardigans.

Let’s see how we can do it step by step.


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Neat Way to Decrease Stitches in 1x1 Ribbing | 10 rows a day
Neat Way to Decrease Stitches in 1x1 Ribbing | 10 rows a day
Neat Way to Decrease Stitches in 1x1 Ribbing | 10 rows a day

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Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

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