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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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Doing a centred knitting decrease from 3 stitches to 2

Posted by HelenEdith on October 6, 2013

I found this useful decrease on the Internet and it’s just as well I wrote it down, because now I can’t find whose site I found it on.

So here it is:

sl1
k1 leaving the original stitch on the L needle
pss on R needle over new stitch
k2tog from L needle, this time dropping both stitches from the L needle

The result is that the first and third stitches meet and the middle stitch dives under them and disappears.

I don’t think it’s possible to do a 3-into-2 decrease where the middle stitch remains on top as it would probably need to have a loop remaining on the R needle after the decrease; and it would be impossible to maintain symmetry as there would have to be one other stitch and it would have to be either to the left or the right. However, someone might be able to prove me wrong. I’d certainly be interested in something that does a 3-to-2 but looks like the CDD where the centre stitch stands out on top.

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