In this tutorial I’ll show you how to work the k2tog tbl decrease. The abbreviation stands for “knit 2 stitches together through the back loop”. Basically, it’s the twisted version of the k2tog decrease, a right-leaning decrease. As such, it’s a great decrease to use when working a stitch pattern utilizing twisted stitches. Twisted stitches are usually a bit tighter than their regular counterparts, and can make patterning really “pop” against a background.
Knitting the k2tog tbl decrease step by step
- First, take your project and work to the spot indicated in your pattern, where the decrease is supposed to be made.
In this case, I’m working a stitch pattern in which I have to work a k2tog tbl directly after a YO, over the 2 stitches near the tip of the left-hand needle.
- Next, insert the tip of the right-hand needle into the first 2 stitches at the same time as if to knit through the back loop of these stitches.
This can be a tad hard to get right, I find it helps to pull the fabric down a bit.
- Wrap the yarn around the needle…
- …, and pull it through the stitches you inserted the right-hand needle in.
- To finish the decrease, slip the original stitches of the left-hand needle.
And this is how to work the k2tog tbl decrease!
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