In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to work the Knit 2 Together (K2tog) stitch. We're kind of going back to basics with this tutorial, but I've had some requests for photo tutorials of basic stitches so I thought this would be helpful. Plus, we can all use a refresher from time to time, right?
The K2tog stitch is a simple right-leaning knitted decrease that will take you from 2 stitches down to 1 stitch (1 stitch decreased). This technique can be varied to decrease any number of stitches. For example, a K3tog (knit 3 together) which will take you from 3 stitches down to 1 stitch so you will have decreased 2 stitches at once. For simplicity's sake though, we're only going to cover the K2tog stitch in this tutorial & you can play with alternatives after if you feel like it.
A knitting project or swatch with stitches live on the needles
Knitting needles appropriate for your yarn
Work to the point where you want to place your K2tog.
Insert the right needle knitwise into both the second and first stitches on the left needle as if they are a single stitch.
Knit these stitches together at the same time.
You should now have a right-leaning decrease with 1 less stitch than you began with.
Try It Out!
It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that are perfect for practicing this technique.