Decreasing Help

Hello my fellow knitters out there …
When a pattern says “2 stitches in from the edge, decrease 1 stitch” do they mean the 2nd stitch after the edge stitch, or the 3rd stitch?

K1, SSK (2nd and 3rd stitch), K, K, etc…
OR
K1, K1, SSK (3rd and 4th stitch), K1, K1, etc…

Help :slight_smile:
Brenda

What is the exact line from the pattern?

This is the armhole…

Bind off 7 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows
2 stitches from the edge, decrease 1 stitch each side every other row, 7X

I would interpret that as being the 3rd stitch.

But ultimately, I don’t think it really matters (2nd or 3rd). The concept is just to have it near the edge to help hide it under the sleeve. If the first stitch is a selvedge/being slipped it might be easier to do the decrease on the 3rd stitch. If you’re working a pattern/cable then put it where it is most convenient.

Thank you so much ladies !! I am working in a pattern, so perhaps I will put it on the 2nd stitch as you suggest. :muah:

I usually take this as a personal preference but, that said:
This, K1, K1, SSK (3rd and 4th stitch), K1, K1, etc… is two stitches in from the edge and this, K1, SSK (2nd and 3rd stitch), K, K, etc… is one stitch in from the edge.
Whichever you choose, see how you like the result and give the alternate method a try on another project or on a swatch.

Thank you Salmonmac!!

That makes sense now to me. So you don’t count the first stitch, or the edge stitch rather, when it says “2 in from the edge”.

Count each stitch, the first one you knit from the left needle and the second one you knit from the left needle. That’s two stitches from the edge. The next two stitches, #3 and 4 are the ones to ssk.
That’ll be 2sts in from the very edge (it’s not two sts in from the edge stitch but two sts in from the edge).
But again, this is generally a personal preference. See what it looks like and if you like the look.

Ahhh, yes, I see what you mean. I understand the difference in how you stated it compared to what I stated.

Thank you !!