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How to Knit an SK2P Decrease

Also sometimes abbreviated s1-k2tog-psso, this decrease is the most common double decrease in knitting!

How to Knit an SK2P Decrease
How to Knit an SK2P Decrease

Popular in lace knitting and occasionally in sweaters, the sk2p decrease is an essential knitting decrease for knitters to learn. This method decreases two stitches at a time from your row, so the angle of decrease created by this stitch is much steeper than other kinds of decreases, like a knit two together or an ssk.

The sk2p is sometimes abbreviated as "s1-k2tog-psso," but both of these abbreviations mean the same thing. This decrease does create a visible bump in your work from the stitch that you pass over the k2tog, but this is often used as a design element, which makes it great for lace knitting.


Materials List

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles that correspond to your yarn size


  1. Work in pattern until the point in your pattern that calls for the sk2p.

  2. Slip the first stitch purlwise.

  3. Knit the next two stitches together.

  4. Using your non-working needle, take the slipped stitch and pass it up and over the k2tog.

  5. Now you have decreased two stitches!

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So glad I watched this video. If I were to have read "sk2p" in a pattern, I don't think I would have thought "s1-k2tog-psso," but this makes a lot of sense, and it's definitely shorter


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