Just be aware that some decreases will slant to the left and some will slant to the right. The most common right slanting decrease is the k2tog (knit 2 stitches together). Here is a swatch with K2tog decreases done on both sides.
|The left hand side shows a neat line slanting to the right. |
The right hand side is more jagged.
The SSK is a common left slanting decrease. (slip one stitch knitwise, slip a second stitch knitwise, then knit the two together) Here is a swatch with SSK decreases done on both sides.
|Notice how the left hand edge is jagged but the right hand |
side has the smooth line that is slanting to the left.
By combining the k2tog and the SSK you will have a balanced look to your project. For example, when you fold the swatches in half you can see that using the 2 different decreases in one row will create a smooth neckline on a cardigan. They are considered 'mirror' decreases.
It will also create a smooth seam line if you were knitting a sleeve from the top down.
If you knit a couple of stitches before you decrease at the beginning of a row, and leave a couple of stitches to knit after a decrease at the end of the row, you will produce a wider line or bar. This is called a 'full fashion' decrease. It also makes it a lot easier to do any seaming or picking up stitches.
Even if you're an experienced knitter, give it a try. It's always nice to try something new and you may find a technique you like better than what you are using now.
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Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.