P2TOG: Knitting Abbreviation Explained

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Blue and pink knitted fabric with a text overlay which says " What is P2TOG? Knitting Abbreviation Explained, learnknittingonline.com"The p2tog knitting abbreviation is short for Purl 2 Together. In fact, this particular decrease is normally used on the wrong side (WS) or the purl side when knitting stockinette stitch.

Actually, it is the k2tog executed on the reverse side of your knitting project. Furthermore, it is one of the easiest decrease methods you can use when you are purling.

As the k2tog, the p2tog, is also a single decrease. This means that it will reduce your working stitch count by 1.

In addition, again just like the k2tog, it is a right-slanting decrease when viewed from the knit side of your fabric.

Not sure how to do the p2tog? We have a great, step-by-step tutorial on how to do the p2tog. You can find this informative tutorial here:

You can use this super easy, purled decrease in a number of ways. However, you will often find it paired with the ssp. The ssp is the purled equivalent to the ssk.

And, just like the ssk, it is a left-slanting decrease when viewed from the knit side of your knitting project. So, in effect, the p2tog and the ssp mirror each other.

Would you like to learn a bit more about the ssp? Why not check out our comprehensive tutorial which you can find here: Purled Left-Slanting Decrease (SSP).

The p2tog and the ssp are usually used together to shape or taper your fabric, for instance, when knitting the sleeves of a top-down sweater.

Typically, the p2tog is used for making decreases at the beginning of a purl row. Having said that, you can of course use the p2tog to decrease anywhere on a purled row.

To sum up, the p2tog knitting abbreviation is a very useful abbreviation to know. So, why not add it to your knitting vocabulary?

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