Decrease Help

Hi, All!

I’ve been doing very simple knitting for a few years now, so I decided to branch out and try a pattern with some increases and decreases. I think I understand the stitches themselves, but I’m a little confused about what the pattern is calling for:

Row 2: sl1, p9, k9, p9, sl1 (started with 29 stitches total)

I think I’m doing the first sl right (slip one stitch on, purl the next, slip the first stitch over the second), but how do I slip the last stitch of the row? Is any stitch actually slipped, or are all purled, with the next-to-last passed over the last?

Thanks in advance!

– Heather

That line does not decrease any sts, that I can see. It tells you to slip the st, but does not tell you to pass the slipped st over. Your first and last st are not worked, but they are still in use.

Maybe if you show more of the pattern? Is it a free pattern you can link to?

Right, there’s no directions to psso - pass the slipped st over. So just slip the first and last sts and k and p the ones in the center.

Ooooh, okay!

The whole pattern is here:

I was looking the term up in a glossary and misinterpreted it… whoops. This makes much more sense (not surprisingly).

Thanks much to both of you!

Row 3 has a decrease - k2tog, as well as an increase - knit front and back. And row 15 has the increase and a different decrease - ssk, which is the same as slip 1, k1, psso. With both on the same row, your stitch count stays the same. A slip stitch can be used at the beginning or end of a row, or in a decrease, or just slipped in the middle of a row and not worked until the next row, so it depends on the pattern.