How to K2TOG – Knit Two Together

Befuddled by a K2TOG in your pattern? Fear not. K2TOG stands for knit two together. It is a decrease stitch that slants slightly to the right. Sometimes this is in order to decrease the number of stitches in a row ( e.g. to shape an armhole in a jumper) or it is used as part of the stitch pattern. If used as part of the stitch pattern it will usually be balanced with an instruction to make a stitch somewhere in the row so that you maintain the same number of stitches in each row.


This stitch will be performed on the first 2 stitches on the left hand needle. To start with, it might help if you squish these 2 stitches up close to each other. We are going to treat these 2 stitches as 1 stitch so it might help, to begin with, to squish them together. Insert the right hand needle into this squished together “stitch” exactly as if you were knitting 1 stitch, yarn round needle just like a knit stitch and pull through. Slip both stitches off the left needle. You will notice that there are 2 loops around the bottom of the new stitch on the right needle. Easy peasy!


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