Nice to Know: Decreasing Along an Edge
I can be a little carefree when following a knitting pattern. I often improvise if I don't like the way a pattern is written, or, if I know a short-cut - I'll take it. But I know there are plenty of you out there who might be a little less than willing to do anything other than what you're told. You are the good student, I am the bad.
But today I'm here to tell you sometimes
that you don't have to follow a pattern word-for-word and sometimes what a pattern says may not be exactly what it means. Here's one example - decreasing or increasing along an edge.
My pattern stated "decrease 1 stitch along the neck edge every right side row". If I follow this exactly and decrease on the very edge of my row my knitting looks something like this.
But, if you don't read the pattern so literally you can decrease a few stitches, I recommend 2, in from the edge and you'll end up with something like this:
Can we all agree that the second photo looks better than the first? K, thanks.
It'll also make your life a whole lot easier when picking up stitches on that edge if the pattern calls for it! The hard part is remembering this when you're knitting!
so if you ARE one of those word-for-word people the pattern would say this
instead: "Every right side row: K2, decrease 1 stitch, knit to end"
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