Knit Two Together, Yarn Over

In hand knitting, the stitch is knitted this way:

The picture shows how the decrease looks while on the needle and after a few rows have been knitted. This decrease has a lean to the right and the stitch closest to the eyelet is the uppermost stitch on the right side of the knitting.

On the machine we need to take the stitch that is on the left side of what will be the eyelet, move it one needle to the right, then move both stitches one needle to the left. Now the same stitch is on top on the right side of the machine knitted sample too.

The symbol for this MK decrease is:

I am not real good with the machine knitting symbols so far but I have figured out that the longer line that is leaning to the left means that this stitch slants to the left and that it should be outermost on the right side of the knitting.

The stitch that is facing us on the wrong side of the knitting is on the same needle again where it was originally, but because the stitch to the left of it has to show on the outside, it had to be taken off the needle so the other one could be moved there. You could, if you wanted to, just take it off the needle and hold it with another transfer tool while you're getting its neighbor situated. But since it's much easier to move them both at the same time, we move it to the right to join the other one, then move them both back to the left, with its neighbor now in the correct position on the needle.


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This page last updated 20-September-1999