# Frequent question: How do you read a decrease in knitting patterns?

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A decrease stitch is simply a single loop pulled through two (or three) stitches – decreasing the number of stitches from two (or three) to a single stitch. This is true regardless of whether it is a k2tog, ssk, sl1k1psso or even a sl1 k2tog psso.

## How do you read a knitting pattern chart?

Charts for flat knitting are read in the same direction you would knit your work: starting from the bottom and reading from Right to Left (←) on RS rows (usually the odd-numbered rows) and from Left to Right (→) on WS rows (usually the even-numbered rows).

## What does work in pattern mean in knitting?

Helpful knitting tips! Once the stitch or design repeat has been established, rather than continuously writing the same instructions over and over, the instructions may simply say, work in pattern.

## How do you decrease rows in knitting?

There are two ways to decrease in knitting.

Decrease at the end of a row, called “K2tog”.

1. Knit till there are 3 stitches remaining on the needle.
2. Knit 2 together. ( …
3. Knit the last stitch.
4. You have now decreased one stitch.

## What is a pattern repeat in knitting?

If you’re working a stitch pattern such as ribbing, you work the same combination of stitches—knit 1, purl 1, for example—many times across the row. … Instructions that are repeated are termed “repeats,” and to simplify instructions and save (lots and lots of) space, knitting patterns use special notation for them.

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## What does keeping pattern correct mean?

Each row of the stitch pattern will begin and end as written. But when you knit a sweater, hat, or other project where you must increase or decrease stitches, you’ll run into the term “keeping to pattern”. Because you have added or subtracted stitches, each row will no longer begin and end as written.