k2tog (knit 2 together): Knitting Abbreviation Explained

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Blue knitted fabric with a text overlay which says " What is k2tog? Knitting abbreviation explained, learnknittingonline.com"The K2tog knitting abbreviation is short for Knit 2 Together. In fact, it is probably the most commonly used decrease method in knitting.

Furthermore, the k2tog is a basic decrease that slants to the right. In addition, it decreases your number of working stitches by 1.

Moreover, it is a decrease that every knitter should have in their tool box. Consequently, it is normally the first decrease you will learn as a beginner knitter.

Places You Might See the K2tog Knitting Abbreviation

The k2tog has many uses. One of the main uses is for shaping your work, for instance a sleeve you are working on.

Actually, for shaping projects, you will often see the k2tog  used together with the ssk. This is because the ssk mirrors the k2tog as it slants to the left.

If you would like to learn more about the ssk, you can find a step-by-step tutorial here: Basic Left-Slanting Decrease (SSK)

You will also often find the k2tog paired with a yarnover in lace patterns. Yarnovers are used to make “holes” in lace patterns. However, whenever you make a yarnover, you increase the number of working stitches on your knitting needles.

Nevertheless, often you do not want to increase the number of stitches. If fact, you want to maintain the exact number of working stitches. This is when the k2tog becomes handy. You can pair the yarnover with the k2tog and you will maintain your stitch count.

An added bonus is that the decrease can be used as a design feature, as it is quite decorative next to a yarnover.

Furthermore, you can also use the ssk in the same manner. So when these two decreases are used together with yarnovers, a quite decorative pattern can easily be achieved.

So, you can see why the k2tog knitting abbreviation should be one of the first abbreviations you learn to recognize.

Why not check out our step-by-step tutorial to using the k2tog? You can find it here: Basic Right-Slanting Decrease (K2tog)

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