The Art of Un­do­ing a De­crease

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There are times when a knit­ter needs to undo, or “tink” (why, yes, that IS “knit” spelled back­ward) a few stitches (or even a few rows). While most of us can han­dle sin­gle knit and purl stitches, de­creases present a bit more of a chal­lenge. After to­day, though, you’ll be tin­k­ing your de­creases as if it were an art form all its own.

Tin­k­ing a K2­tog (Knit 2 To­gether)

Step 1: Tilt your right­hand nee­dle for­ward to view the two purl bumps hug­ging the back of the stitch on the nee­dle. Step 2: In­sert your left-hand nee­dle through those two loops to­gether, from front to back. Step 3: Slide them all the way over to the left-hand nee­dle and pull out the work­ing yarn, giv­ing you the fin­ished re­sult as shown in Step 4.

Tin­k­ing an Ssk (Slip, Slip, Knit)

Step 1: An­gle the right-hand nee­dle to view the two loops hang­ing from the stitch on the nee­dle. Step 2: In­sert your left-hand nee­dle from back to front through those two loops. Step 3: Slide them all the way over to the left-hand nee­dle and pull out the work­ing yarn. Step 4: Purl into the sec­ond yarn-over loop and con­tinue in the pat­tern as in­di­cated. It might look a lit­tle fid­dly, but I prom­ise that with a bit of practice, you’ll tink those de­creases with ease and skill.

Step 1 Step 3 Step 2 Step 4

Step 1 Step 3 Step 2 Step 4

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