tutorial – working a p2tog tbl

Tutorial on working the p2tog tbl decrease

Last time I showed you how to do a decrease worked on the wrong side of the fabric, that looks like a k2tog right leaning decrease on the right side: p2tog. In this tutorial it’s time to focus on the left leaning equivalent. In other words: a decrease worked on the wrong side, that looks like a skp or ssk left leaning decrease on the right side of the fabric. This is the “purl 2 stitches together through the back loop” decrease, or “p2tog tbl” for short.

Below I’ll show you how to work this decrease step by step.


Yarn: * Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color 128 Lime Green.

Needles: * KnitPro Zing Fixed Circular Needles. In this tutorial, I used the 4 mm (US 6) size with a cable length of 80 cm (32 inches).

Working a p2tog tbl step by step

  1. Work your way across the row until you’ve reached the point where you want to make the decrease

    In this case, I want to work the decrease 4 stitches in from the left side of the swatch.Working a p2tog tbl - step 1

  2. Pull down the fabric below the 2 stitches you’ll be working the decrease on

    This will make it easier to both see where to insert the needle and to actually insert it.Working a p2tog tbl - step 2

  3. Insert the needle

    Now insert the needle from left to right through the back loop of the first two stitches on the left-hand needle.Working a p2tog tbl - step 3

  4. Wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle …

    Working a p2tog tbl - step 4

  5. … and pull the yarn through the two stitches

    Working a p2tog tbl - step 5

  6. To finish the decrease slip the two stitches worked of the needle.

    This is how this then looks.Working a p2tog tbl - step 6

  7. The result

    When viewed from the right side of the fabric, this decrease looks exactly look a skp!Working a p2tog tbl - step 7

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