Knitting five stitches together is always a pain. No matter what kind of yarn we use and how perfect our tension is, inserting the right needle knitwise into five stitches at the same time is not easy.
We can make our knitting experience way more pleasant if we divide this awkward move into several simple steps. There are two ways to do it. Both ways form a right-slanting decrease that looks very similar to the one formed by the classic “knit 5 together” decrease.
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at these ways one by one.
We can use the same logic to turn six, seven and even eight stitches into one.
In way #1, simply pass as many stitches as you need to decrease over the first stitch from the tip of the left needle.
If you prefer to use the second way, knit stitches in pairs, then slip the resulting stitches to the left needle before you pass them over the first stitch.
Many thanks to Tom M. for reminding me of this cumbersome decrease. His question lead to a bit of research and a lot of experimentation. Thank you, Tom 🙂
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