# Frequent question: How do you calculate a decrease in stitches?

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## How do you calculate how many stitches to decrease?

To decrease stitches, work to the last two stitches of each segment (except the “extra segment”), then knit 2 stitches together, work an SSK decrease or decrease one stitch in any other way you like.

## How do you decrease a stitch in knitting?

Single-stitch decreases are worked by reducing two stitches into one stitch. Decreases look like two stitches joining at the top with one over the other and a single stitch emanating out. When counting decreases, the single stitch that holds the two decreased stitches is actually the stitch created on the decrease row.

## How do you calculate a decrease in sleeve?

sleeve decrease length – 21” – 1” (no shaping at upper arm) = 20” – 1” (no shaping at wrist) = 19” – 1” (cuff ribbing) = 18” x 8 rnds/inch = 144 rnds for decreases. 80 sts – 45 sts = 35 sts.

## How do you calculate knitting stitches?

To figure out the number of stitches and rows you need in 1 inch, simply divide the listed gauge by four. For instance, a yarn with a gauge of 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches is the same as 4.5 stitches per inch and 6 rows per inch.

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## What does decrease row mean?

The decrease row is generally the first row in the decrease repeat section of the pattern. Normally a pattern will say something like; “ROW 15: (RS) Decrease row…… ROW 16-22: Knit 7 rows in pattern. Then repeat Rows 15-22 X times.”

## How do you keep patterns when decreasing?

For a decrease, always consider which stitch ends up on top. (Hint: in a decrease, whatever stitch our needle enters first ends up on top.) A p2tog is all well and good to turn two purls into one purl, but it doesn’t looks so great when you have a purl overlapping a knit.

## What does knit 2 together mean?

Knit two together is the most basic method of decreasing stitches. It makes a decrease that slants slightly to the right and is often abbreviated as K2Tog or k2tog in patterns. To “knit two together” is just like making a regular knit stitch, but you work through two stitches instead of just one.

## How do you decrease the sleeve width in knitting?

Simple decreasing is done by decreasing stitches at the beginning and/or end of the rows. This is done by knitting 2 stitches together, simply reducing 2 stitches to 1. This is the simplest form of shaping.