In almost every project we knit, at some point, we are required to knit two stitches together. Whether it is to shape the project, or to create texture, k2tog is a huge help. This most popular way to decrease stitches is simple, reliable and it works great in most cases.
But sometimes, especially when we work with thicker yarns, “knit 2 together” adds an unwanted bulk to the fabric. The extra layer of the two stitches that we knit together every time we work this decrease makes the line of decreases embossed on the surface of the project.
If the project has a smooth texture, these lines become clearly visible and often overwhelm the overall look of the projects.
In these situations, it is better to use a much flatter and neater way to make a right-slanting decrease. Let’s see how we can do it step by step.
As a result, the line of decreases lays flat on the surface of the fabric. When you feel the fabric with your fingers, you will notice that decreases formed by this technique do not add any extra bulk to the fabric.
To be fair, I haven’t blocked the swatches featured in the photos. I slightly steamed the edges to keep them from curling, but the lines of decreases are not blocked.
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