How To Knit: Fully Fashioned Double Decreases

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Right-leaning and left-leaning fashioned double decreases are often seen in machine-knitted ready-to-wear garments and add a bit of polish to your knitting while decreasing two stitches at once. We show you how to work these stylish decreases both with and without a cable needle, and how to substitute them in patterns calling for single decreases to add extra flair.

Steps (with cable needle):

1:44 FD2-R: Fashioned Decrease Right – Double: Place next two stitches onto CN and hold CN parallel to and behind L needle. *Insert R needle into first stitch on L needle and first stitch on CN, knit these two stitches together; repeat from * once. (2 stitches decreased; leans right)

3:30 FD2-L: Fashioned Decrease Left – Double: Place next two stitches onto CN and hold CN parallel to and in front of L needle. *Insert R needle into first stitch on CN and first stitch on L needle, knit these two stitches together; repeat from * once. (2 stitches decreased; leans left)

Steps (without cable needle):

5:31 FD2-R: Fashioned Decrease Right – Double: Slip 1 stitch purlwise, skip the next stitch, insert R needle into the second stitch on L needle as if to purl. Secure the base of the two stitches on L needle with your index finger and slide them off L needle. Insert L needle from the back into the loose stitch. Place both stitches back onto L needle. K2tog twice. (2 stitches decreased; leans right)

8:17 FD2-L: Fashioned Decrease Left – Double: Slip 1 stitch purlwise, skip the next stitch, insert R needle from the back into the second stitch on L needle as if to purl. Secure the base of the two stitches on L needle with your thumb and slide them off L needle. Insert L needle into the loose stitch. Place both stitches back onto L needle. SSK twice. (2 stitches decreased; leans left)

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