Simple Way to Make Reversible Decreases in 1×1 Ribbing

Reversible Double Decreases in 1x1 Ribbing

When we shape a project worked in 1×1 ribbing, we want the decreases to look the same on both sides of the fabric. It is especially important for reversible hats, cowls, cardigans and other projects that don’t hide their wrong side.

I encountered this issue as I was designing a warm highly textured hat made with two colours. The idea was to make the hat fully reversible, so that we could easily turn it inside out when we want to show off a different colour.

The hat is worked in a textured pattern that is based on “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing. When the time came to shape the crown, I tested various ways to make reversible decreases and came up with a method that is easy, fast and gentle to our wrists (no purling through the back loop involved).

I am happy to share this method with all of you, my friends, in this detailed step-by-step tutorial.

The process is the same whether we decrease stitches of a project worked back and forth, or a the one worked in the round.

Because these decreases form lines leaning in different directions on different sides of the fabric, this is not the best method to use when we need to make fully fashioned shaping, but this is a great way to make decreases when we shape a crown of a hat, decrease stitches evenly throughout a row or round, and in other situations when the slant of the decreasing line is not that important.

The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #7. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (282 pages!) with this and 37 other tutorials included in the collection.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.

Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko -

Simple Way to Make Reversible Decreases in 1x1 Ribbing | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Reversible Decreases in 1x1 Ribbing | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Reversible Decreases in 1x1 Ribbing | 10 rows a day