Decreasing on wrong side

My pattern calls for decreasing one stitch each row (right side AND wrong side). My decreases on the right side look nice doing them as suggested in Amy’s instructions, but how should I do the wrong side decreases to make them match and/or look as good as the right side? Everything I’ve tried slants the wrong way or just looks untidy.

I can’t find anything written about decreasing on the wrong side.

Any suggestions?

There’s only a couple different ways to dec on the wrong (purl) side. A p2tog or ssp. Try those and see how they look. If the decreases are near the edges of a garment, they’re going to be close to or on the seam and may not be seen anyway.


Just to clarify because it may not be obvious… for SSP, you want to slip 1 k-wise twice then p2tog through the back loops. The last bit is a little tricky because you have to put the right needle in from the back from left to right (which feels kind of awkward), but Amy has a video for it if you need help.


I’m a brand new self-taught knitter as well. I ran into the same issue with short rows as you have just last week. The best, and most simple, answer I received was this:

When you work a short row, you just turn the piece and leave the unknitted stitches on the other needle. Don’t worry about them for now.

Then I just worked the next row as stated in the pattern.

Basically, you just flip the work even though you have unworked stitches on the needle. It really comes out looking great, but I still haven’t found a way around the larger holes I ended up with when I turned. You’ll see what I mean most likely.

Great good luck! Hope this helps.
Lee Lee

Ps. I put stitch markers in my knitting when I turned on a short row to know where I did that. Don’t know if it’s relevent in your pattern, but it helped in my sweater.

She may not be making a short row anything. Decreases are quite different from making short rows; they’re used to shape sweaters and hats and things.


I think that post may be in the wrong place.

Yeah, I’m thinking…how is this answering my question about decreasing on the wrong side?

I thought…boy, now I’m REALLY confused!

The directions for this pattern are bugging me. Now I’m doing the back and I’ve noticed on the chart that the decreases for the armhole are not done on the same row. They have all the decreases done at the start of the rows, so you’re doing one on the right side, and then the next on the wrong side. I can’t see the reason for doing it that way.

If I make ALLl the decreases on the RIGHT side, and do the left slants and the right slants the way Amy suggests, it will look much better than doing it their way. This is a Mary Maxim pattern. Why they have the decreases that way doesn’t make sense.


You may be right about that…


Are they just simple 1 stitch decreases, or is the chart having you decrease 2 or more stitches? You can’t dec 2 or more, you’d have to do a BO and that has to be done at the beginning of the row. If it’s just decreasing one, then I don’t see a reason why you can’t do them at both ends of the row.


Yes, it’s just 1 stitch on each side. It’ll look so much better doing both decreases on the front of the piece! I can’t understand why the directions were written doing it the other way.

I am just curious as to why you said to purl into the back loops when doing a P2tog? Does that do something different than P2tog into the front loops? Would a pattern tell you which one they want? :??

I was explaining SSP, not p2tog. (P2tog tbl is part of SSP.)

OK, I get it, which way does P2tog slant? Amy.s video does not say and does not have a pic of which way it slants. The ssp slants left does that make the P2tog slant right?

I’m looking this up because I don’t know off hand… okay… it looks like p2tog is right-slanting and SSP is left-slanting – I believe this describes the direction of the slant as it shows up on the knit side rather than the purl side, i.e., the “public side” rather than the side you happen to be doing the decrease on. When it doubt, try it out and see what happens.

Just to let you know, regarding my above “short row” advice. I actually did post to wrong question. I have no idea how I screwed that up. So very sorry if I misled. Truly
Lee Lee