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How do you knit stitches together WITHOUT decreasing?

March 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Knitting Stitches

On my knitting pattern it says to "knit 2 together" and then continue on, but when I did this the knitting reduced to almost nothing…I think I have to create stitches, but when do I do that? After knitting stitches together? Before?
The knitting pattern in question:

after the initial purl row:

Knit, slip 1, k2tog, psso, knit, slip1 k2tog psso, knit until end of row.

next row is entirely knit stitch.

"K1,Slip 1 k2tog psso" is an instruction to decrease 2 stitches, one either side of a central stitch. You can increase by passing the yarn around the needle, which you would knit as a stitch in the next row; this will form an eyelet, the basis of lace knitting. To make an invisible increase: either knit twice into a stitch or drag up the thread between 2 stitches, loop it onto the left-hand needle and use the loop to knit off into a new stitch.
As to where to place your increases, that is up to you and the pattern you’re trying to create. Placing increases & decreases in a row of knitting will if repeated over enough rows; cause the knitting to slope into the direction of the decreases.
I hope this helps; it’s hard to be specific without seeing more of the pattern.

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  • 1 aussie sheila // Mar 4, 2010 at

    if you type the whole pattern row instructions here then maybe someone could help interpret it for you – without this info and not knowing what you are knitting it is difficult to help.

    This must be a decrease row as there are no yfwd – if you were knitting a lace pattern then there would be a yfwd before the slip 1 and after the psso.

    what are you knitting? – you can contact me through my profile if it would be easier than here
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  • 2 mickiinpodunk // Mar 4, 2010 at

    This *is* a decrease row that you’ve written out. Depending on where you are in the pattern it is entirely possible you are supposed to be decreasing. That is, of course, unless you still have omitted a section of the row with yo (yarn overs) which will balance the kpssos you are working. You need a yo before and after the sl1, k2tog, psso (also abbreviated kpsso) to keep the stitch count even. However, if you are at the top of a sleeve it is supposed to decrease to fit the armhole. Is this an internet available pattern? Post the link to it.
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    I have been knitting for 53 years.

  • 3 Jude B // Mar 4, 2010 at

    "K1,Slip 1 k2tog psso" is an instruction to decrease 2 stitches, one either side of a central stitch. You can increase by passing the yarn around the needle, which you would knit as a stitch in the next row; this will form an eyelet, the basis of lace knitting. To make an invisible increase: either knit twice into a stitch or drag up the thread between 2 stitches, loop it onto the left-hand needle and use the loop to knit off into a new stitch.
    As to where to place your increases, that is up to you and the pattern you’re trying to create. Placing increases & decreases in a row of knitting will if repeated over enough rows; cause the knitting to slope into the direction of the decreases.
    I hope this helps; it’s hard to be specific without seeing more of the pattern.
    References :

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