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Knitting Double Decreases

Posted by HelenEdith on October 27, 2013

I’ve launched into Marianne Kinzel’s Daffodil Design. She uses some stitches which I was a bit doubtful over, but I’ve found a nice website which discusses double decreases, Double decreases and decreases from the purl side from Ariel’s craft journal, which has cleared up one of them, at least.

The symbol which I’m used to seeing for a centred double decrease is actually being used for a double decrease which is executed by doing slip 1, k2tog, psso. This results in the centre stitch of the three going to the bottom of the resulting stitch rather than coming to the top. It also gives the look of an inverted ‘V’, which sounds about right, as it’s being used at the top of a leaf. It also slants a little to the left, so you can’t describe it as being completely centred. Three stitches, from left to right, A-B-C will end up stacked from top to bottom as C-B-A.

The other symbol I’ve come across is a blocked-in triangle executed by slip 2, k3tog, p2sso. If I call the five stitches, from left to right, A-B-C-D-E then this decrease will result in a stack, from top to bottom, of E-D-A-B-C. Once again, the central stitch is ending up on the bottom of the stack, but I have a suspicion that this might lean quite heavily towards the left. Whether I will find anything about 5-into-1 decreases is something I don’t know, but I might find some time spent with a pair of knitting needles and some waste yarn is time better spent than a session in Google.

It looks like Daffodil Design is going to grind to a halt until I’ve worked out whether to go with Marianne Kinzel’s 50+ year old direction or whether there is something a bit more symmetrical to execute instead.


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