D is for decreases which are critical to shaping knitted pieces and lace.
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Decreases are wonderful for making your knitted garments fitted. I use a combination of left leaning and right leaning decreases to add a tailored look to the garment. (Note: Being left handed, I tend not to discuss the specific knitting directions since my are usually reversed.) Further, I place the decreases between 2 and 5 stitches in from the edge (depending on the stitch pattern) to add to the design of the sweater. For example, when using a ribbed stitch, these decreases can add a wonder line to the garment.
Where else do you use decreases to enhance your knitted projects?
Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief