D is for Decreases

 

Daffodils in Bryant Park-New York City

Daffodils in Bryant Park-New York City

D is for decreases which are critical to shaping knitted pieces and lace.

But D is also for daffodils which have opened their faces to the sun along the border of Bryant Park in New York City. It’s a wonderful sign that spring is here (even if it doesn’t feel that way!) Even more amazing is the fact that a bunch of yellow daffodils can brighten up your New York City apartment for a mere $2.99 at your local deli. 

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.

 

Lace swatch with decreases offset by increases

Lace swatch with decreases offset by increases

 

Armhole Decreases Create Nice Line

Armhole Decreases Create Nice Line

Where else do you use decreases to enhance your knitted projects?

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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