I’m new to this forum and have a question about how to “k2below”. I’m making a sweater for my two month old, and am casting off the front edging. The directions say to first cast off 3 sts knitways (I know how to do this part :slight_smile: and then k2below and cast off this stitch. The glossary in the magazine I’m using says k2below means knit 2 rows below. I’m not too sure how to do this. Can anyone help? Thanks so much

Insert your needle into the stitch that’s 2 rows below the one on your left needle. Wrap the yarn and pull through and let the st drop off the left needle. It will cause the sts to drop, but only to the stitch you just knit into and is part of the design.

Hi, just thought I’d post this in case anyone else, like me, needs a bit more detail on k2below (or indeed K1below). It took me ages to work out what the various instructions available on the internet mean as you can use K2below either to increase or as a way of creating texture while maintaining the number of stitches.

I suspect that Veronique’s query related to a Sirdar pattern for a baby or toddler wrap cardigan. The instructions were the same ones I was struggling with. Having knitting several rows of ribbed edging, you have to cast off while at the same time doing k2below every few stitches.

Here’s how to do it:

Cast off 3 sts knitwise. The new 4th st is now on the RH needle.
Stick RH needle into centre of stitch immediately below first st on LH needle (for k1below) or second st below (k2below).
Wrap yarn round needle as normal for knit st and pull yarn through.
Slip the top st off the LH needle. Tug the LH needle away slightly to allow this st to unravel. You’ll see it settle around the base of the new loop of the st that’s been created on the RH needle (together with the 1st and 2nd st that were below it).
There are 2 loops on the RH needle now. Cast the second one off over the first one as usual (knitwise).
Then cast off three sts knitwise.
Rep from * to * until end of row.
This produces a subtle scalloped rib edge. You haven’t lost or gained any stitches.

I haven’t tried using this technique to increase the number of stitches but there are instructions on the internet.