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How To Lose A Stitch

How To Lose A Stitch

Expert knitter Rachel Ong shows VideoJug users how to lose a stitch. This technique is also known as 'decreasing' and can be used in a number useful ways. Follow VideoJug's step by step guide to learn how to lose a stitch.

Step 1: You will need

  • Medium size knitting needles
  • Medium sized yarn.

Step 2: Decreasing on a knit row

To create a right handed decrease at the beginning of the row, knit one stitch, slip one stitch as if to knit then slip the next stitch as if to knit.

Stick the left hand needle through the front of these stitches then knit the two stitches together.

Knit the row as usual.

If you want to produce a left handed decrease at the end of the row, stop knitting at the last three stitches.

Then, knit two stitches together before knitting the last one.

To continue decreasing, on the second row, purl the row as usual.

On the third row. Repeat the directions for Row 1.

On the fourth row, purl the entire row again.

Continue decreasing until you only have a couple of stitches left on your last row.

Knit these two together to finish the piece and cut and pull the yarn through the last loop to complete.

Step 3: Decreasing on a purl row

Right-handed decrease at the beginning of the row.

To create a right-handed decrease at the beginning of the row, purl one stitch as usual then slip one as if to purl, then purl the next one then pass the slipped purl stitch over the worked purl stitch.

Purl to the last three stitches.

If you want to produce a left-handed decrease at the end of the row, purl one stitch, purl two stitches together then purl the final stitch.

To continue decreasing, knit the second row as usual.

On the third row repeat row one.

On the fourth row knit the entire row again.

Continue decreasing until you only have a couple of stitches left on your last row.

Purl the last stitches, cut and pass the yarn through the loop and you are done.