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A Quadruple Decrease

Posted by HelenEdith on October 27, 2013

This is a bit more complicated than Marianne Kinzel’s s2, k3tog, p2sso direction; and the way in which the decrease is done may result in a slight right lean, but I think that it results in the centre stitch going to the bottom, so here’s a link to D4 Quadruple Decrease by Smariek Knits where the method is described in detail. Basically, a stitch from each side of the centre stitch is passed over the centre stitch until only the centre stitch remains on the needle; and then that centre stitch is knitted in the normal way. The example given results in a right lean, but if the first stitch slipped over the centre stitch came from the left instead of the right (and then the next one came from the right, etc) I think a slight left lean might result instead.

I think it should also be possible to produce a quadruple decrease with the centre stitch on top by slipping stitches in order to gain access to stitches 4 and 5 and to slip 5 over 4; and to gain access to stitches 1 and 2 and slip 1 over 2; then put all of the remaining three loops back on the left needle, do s2 as if to k2tog, k1, p2sso.

I think I’ll give these a go on waste yarn and see what they look like before deciding whether to use Kinzel’s stitch or a variant of Smariek’s stitch.


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