Decreasing stitches on dishcloth

I replied to the original post but then I thought I should post it in the questions.
I’m just a beginner and am too having difficulty with this pattern. It’s the diagonal with an eyelet edge. I’m wondering if the pattern is not correct, I got it online.
The decrease says only to K2, YO, K2tog, however that does not decrease the same as the increases and ends up not a square but way out of shape. I’ve tried K2, YO, K2tog, then another K2tog, I’m wondering if I need to K2, K2tog, YO, K2tog on one side then do I need to Ssk, YO, Ssk on the other side to get the slants right and left?
Thanks for any help.

Often the instructions for this kind of dishcloth look like this:
K2, yo, k2tog, knit until you are 4 stitches from the end of the row, then k2tog and k2. Turn and repeat this on every row. This gives you decreases on each side and continues the eyelet pattern.

That makes sense, I guess I missed the K2tog at the end, I had tried the K2tog in the middle, I tried YO at the end also but it just wasn’t working.
Thanks so much!

I’m think doing that dishcloth as well (though mine is so stiff I may have to repurpose it).

I didn’t think the loopovers looked out of place, but I didn’t like the way the second K2tog tilted the row. So I tried threading those two stitches onto another needle and reversing their order, and that looked better, once I figured out the right way to twist it. Is there a name for that trick?

You might have done a ssk (see the decreases page) where you slip 2 sts knitwise separately, then knit them together. It slants to the left generally, while a k2tog slants to the right.

Ah, that makes sense.
And to the OP, you might try finding needles with a longer taper. I started with some short blunt tips that were hard to handle two stitches, but found ones with a more gradual point and that made it easier.

This is the one I followed when I learned. The decreases work fine with the double k2tog on one side.

When I was looking for the above link I came across this one for a heart shaped cloth. Just thought it was good timing since yesterday was Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d share. :teehee: