Three Common Decreases
Three Common Decreases

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to work the three different decreases used in the Resa Hat patterns (worsted and fingering): the most common knit-wise single decrease (K2tog), the most common purl-wise single decrease (P2tog), and a centered double decrease (CDD). These are excellent, useful stitches to have in your knitting go-to skill set!

Knit 2 Together (K2tog)

First, the knit 2 together decrease. It’s worked just how it sounds, by knitting two stitches together as one. It decreases one stitch from your stitch count, and it leans to the right.

step 1

Make this decrease by sticking your needle through both of the next two stitches at the same time, the same way you would normally to knit a stitch, but through two stitches instead of one.

step 2

Then complete the knit stitch as you would with a normal knit stitch.

step 3

You’ve just decreased! Now there is just one live stitch instead of two.

Purl 2 Together (P2tog)

Now a purl-wise decrease. A purl 2 together decrease is normally made on the wrong side, where you’re working purl stitches, or in a ribbed pattern (which is how it’s used in the Resa hats). It’s made by purling two stitches together as one, just like the knit 2 together but purl-wise. This decrease also leans to the right, both on the purl side where it’s worked and flipped over on the knit side.

step 1

Make this decrease by sticking your needle through both of the next two stitches at the same time, purlwise, the same way you would normally to purl a stitch, but through two stitches instead of one.

step 2

Then complete the purl stitch as you would with a normal purl stitch.

step 3

You’ve made a purl decrease! There is now one live purl stitch instead of two.

Centered Double Decrease (CDD)

This one has a few steps involved, to decrease from three stitches down to one, in a way that keeps the center stitch in the center, with the side two stitches neatly leaning under that center stitch. It looks so nice, making it a very satisfying stitch to use!

step 1

Start by sticking your needle through the first two stitches together knit-wise, as if you were going to work a K2tog …

step 2

… but then just slip them onto the right-hand needle without working them.

step 3

step 4

Now knit the next (third) stitch normally.

step 5

Lastly, pass those two slipped stitches up over the knit stitch and off the needle.

step 6

Now you are left with just one stitch where there used to be three stitches — double decrease accomplished!

And you're done!

Let’s admire these three decreases we’ve learned, seen here all on the right side of the stockinette, (note: we worked the P2tog on the purl side of this piece). Now go on with your knitting and decrease away with confidence!

Complete
Complete
Back to Top