# How Do I Decrease On 2x2 Ribbing (Hat)?

Hi, I am in the middle of knitting a hat and I didn’t like the pattern that they had originally. I started with a “knit one row purl one row” pattern for the brim and now I want to start ribbing to the top alternating with pink and black. I know how to rib and I know how to change colors but I would like to know what to do when I get to the point that I need to finish and start decreasing. If someone has the answer to that, that would be awesome. (if it helps the hat is 60 sts around) also if it helps the pattern originally says “k8 k2tog 6times” “Purl to end” “K7 K2tog 6 times” “Purl to end” “K6 K2tog 6 times” and so on.

For k2,p2 ribs, knit the two sts together as one st. This will probably be at a knit st followed by another knit st on the first decrease row. The next decrease will be on 2 purl sts and I would purl 2 together here. The decrease will interrupt the rib pattern and you’ll have to look for that interruption when you do the next row but just knit the sts that look like Vs and purl the ones that look like loops and you’ll be fine.
When you come to a row where you’re decreasing a knit next to a purl, I’d knit2tog through the back loop so that the knit st stays on top. If it’s a purl next to a knit, knit2tog.

IT shows less if you start out by decreasing in the purl ribs. So work a round by k2 p2tog, k2, p2 and repeat that around, work a round in the new rib k2 p1, k2 p2. Then on the next round dec the other purl rib - k2 p1 k2 p2tog and work the new rib k2, p1, around. Then on the following row, do k2tog, p1 k2, p1, work a round with no decs and finally k1 p1 k2tog, p1, and a round in k1 p1 ribbing. Then do a final couple rounds as k2tog around.

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So, while I am bragging about my hat in one thread, I am going to complain about the same hat in another Here it is.