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Two different symbols for k2tog in the same pattern!

Posted by HelenEdith on October 6, 2013

I’ve had Marianne Kinzel’s Second Book of Lace Knitting for some time and I’ve had my eyes on the Daffodil Design pattern. It was originally meant to be a small tablecloth knitted in thread, but I want to do it as a throw in yarn.

Interestingly, the charts use two different symbols for k2tog! One is a right-slanting symbol which corresponds to the right-slanting k2tog and is balanced in the pattern by a left-slanting symbol which corresonds to the left-slanting sl1, k1, psso – or if you prefer, SSK, where you slip two stitches individually knitwise, return them to the left needle and then knit them through the back of the loops. (I actually find that I don’t need to actually slip them back to the left needle to achieve this manoeuvre.) The other symbol which represents a k2tog is a vertical chevron. It would be rather nice to find something which produced a neutral decrease when this symbol is encountered – provided that it didn’t slow the knitting down too much!

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