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This tutorial is part of the series on fixing mistakes in knitting. When knitting lace or shaping in garments it can easily happen that a left-leaning decrease is worked where a right-leaning one was needed. Or vice versa, of course. And because I really don’t like ripping out my work, I’m showing how to drop down several rows in your knitting and change a k2tog to a skp.
Yarn: * Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color 142 Tea Rose.
A crochet hook in the same size or slightly smaller than your knitting needles. For example this * Pony Aluminum Crochet Hook in size 4 mm.
Changing a k2tog to a skp step by step
- First, slip the stitches purl-wise from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle, until you reach the stitch directly above the wrongly worked decrease.
Do you see it, 4 stitches below the needle?
- Drop down the stitch.
Ladder it all the way down until the decrease is undone and you have 2 stitches instead of 1. Catch these 2 stitches with the crochet hook, from right to left.
- Starting the skp decrease
To do so, insert the crochet hook below the first horizontal thread running directly above the 2 stitches on the hook.
- Next, pull the horizontal thread through the first stitch on the hook.
This completes the “knit” part of the “slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over” sequence that makes up a skp.
- Completing the skp
To finish the left leaning decrease, we now pull the second loop on the crochet over the first one.
- Finishing up
Next, ladder your way up again by inserting the crochet hook underneath the horizontal thread directly above the hook, and pulling the thread through the loop already on the hook to make a new knit stitch. Repeat this until all horizontal threads have been worked. After this you can place the stitch back unto the knitting needle.
And that is how you go about changing a k2tog to a skp, several rows down in your knitting! I prefer knitting skp instead of ssk for my left leaning decreases, but the same principles apply to that too:
- Just drop down the stitch directly above the decrease
- Catch the stitches
- Work the correct decrease using the first horizontal thread above the stitches as your working yarn
- Ladder your way back up again.
That’s all there is to it!
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