How to decrease stitches

How to decrease stitches

If you want to shape your knitwear, for example for an armhole, neckline or waistline, you can do that with a simple decrease. When decreasing at markers or next to edge stitches you work as follows from the right side:

Figure 1: Work until the stitch you want to decrease, on the photo we are decreasing next to 4 edge stitches.

Figure 2: Insert the right hand needle as if to knit into the next 2 stitches on your left hand needle. Insert the needle from left to right, first into the second stitch and then into the first stitch on the left hand needle.

Figure 3: Place the working yarn over the tip of your right hand needle as you would knit one stitch and pull the yarn through both stitches. You now have one new stitch on your right hand needle.

Figure 4: Slide both stitches off the left hand needle. These 2 stitches has now been knit together into one stitch, next to the 4 edge stitches on your right hand needle.

Figure 5: Work the rest of the row and you now have one stitch less compared to when you started working this row.

Figure 6: That’s how easy it is to shape your knitwear.

See this video for extra help

Comments (6)

Sjaan wrote:

Wat bedoelen ze met minderen in afwisselende naald

12.05.2022 - 22:11:

Sjaan wrote:

Wat bedoelen ze met minderen in afwisselende naald

12.05.2022 - 22:10:

Ole wrote:


19.01.2022 - 09:47:

Carol Griffin wrote:

When pattern 176-22 says in Body - decrease 4 stitches at either side of marker and decrease every 4cm x 6 times Do i end with 4cm of stockinette or decrease row? Thanks

22.04.2020 - 11:05:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Griffin, in this pattern, you start to decrease when piece measures 8 cm as follows: *1 round with decrease, work 4 cm*, repeat from *to* a total of 5 times, work 1 round with decreases = you have decreased a total of 6 times. Continue then as before until the desired height and cast off for armholes. Happy knitting!

22.04.2020 - 15:53:

Anneliese Altmann wrote:

Wie wird eine Randmasche gestrickt?

18.05.2016 - 21:51:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Anneliese, in unseren Anleitungen wird die Randmasche meistens kraus rechts gestrickt (immer rechts), aber es gibt verschiedene Arten eine schöne Randmasche zu stricken.

19.05.2016 - 08:17:

Birgitta Barendt wrote:

Från avigsidan 2 maskor vridet tillsammans? mönster drops161-27 raglanärmen. M.v.h. B Barendt

09.05.2016 - 11:01:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Birgitte, 2 vridet am tillsammans:

DROPS Knitting Tutorial: how to purl 2 stitches twisted together from Garnstudio Drops design on Vimeo.

01.06.2016 - 14:04:

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