Knitting lace – how to work multiple decreases

by Ewelina Murach on June 9, 2016

leaf lace cardigan by Ewelina MurachThis tutorial demonstrates how to work multiple decreases you will need to use to work the lace panel in Leaf Lace Cardigan. (You can find kids’ version here and adult version here).

Stitches included in the tutorial:

dec7to1R − decrease 7 stitches to 1 right − 6 stitches decreased

dec7to1L − decrease 7 stitches to 1 left − 6 stitches decreased

dec4to1R − decrease 4 stitches to 1 right − 3 stitches decreased

dec4to1L − decrease 4 stitches to 1 left − 3 stitches decreased

cdd − centered double decrease − 2 stitches decreased

You can download the tutorial in pdf format here: KNITTING LACE – multiple decrerases tutorial by Ewelina Murach 6April2016


Dec7to1R – decrease 7 stitches to 1, right slanting

dec7to1R pict 11. The first 7 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the right.

dec7to1R pict22. Knit stitch 1.

dec7to1R pic33. Slip the stitch back to the left needle, inserting the needle in the front of the stitch.

dec7to1R 4 4. Insert the right needle into the back of stitch 2, then pass the stitch over stitch 1.

dec7to1R 55. Repeat for stitches 3-7. You have decreased 6 stitches.

dec7to1R 6 web6. Slip the stitch to the right needle inserting the needle into the back of the stitch, with yarn at the back.


Dec7to1L – decrease 7 stitches to 1, left slanting

dec7to1L pict 11.The first 7 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the left.

dec7to1L 2 2. Slip stitches 1-6 to the right needle knitwise (inserting the right needle into the fronts of the stitches).

dec7to1L 3 3. Knit stitch 7.

Dec7to1L 44. Insert the left needle into the front of stitch 6, then pass the stitch over stitch 7.

dec7to1L 55. One stitch has been decreased.

DEC7to1L 6 6. Repeat step 4 for stitches 5-1. You have decreased 6 stitches.


Dec4to1R – decrease 4 stitches to 1, right slanting

dec4to1R

1. The first 4 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the right.

dec4R 2

2. Knit stitch 1.

DEC4L 3

3. Slip the stitch back to the left needle, inserting the needle in the front of the stitch.

4

4. Insert the right needle into the back of stitch 2, then pass the stitch over stitch 1.

5

5. Repeat for stitches 3-4. You have decreased 3 stitches.

6

6. Slip the new stitch to the right needle inserting the needle into the back of the stitch, with yarn at the back.


Dec4to1L – decrease 4 stitches to 1, left slanting

dec4to1R

1. The first 4 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the left.
dec4to1L

2. Slip stitches 1-3 to the right needle knitwise (inserting the right needle into the fronts of the stitches).

3

3. Knit stitch 4.

4

4 – 5. Insert the left needle into the front of stitch 3, then pass the stitch over stitch 4.

5

66. Repeat for stitches 2-1. You have decreased 3 stitches.


Cdd – centered (or central) double decreasecdd centered double decrease

1. The first 3 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch.

2

2. Insert the right needle into the fronts of stitches 1 and 2 as if to knit them together, but do not work them.

3

3. Slip the 2 stitches to the right needle.

4

4. Knit stitch 3.

5

5. Pass stitches 1-2 over the knit stitch.

6

6. The centre stitch is on top, the 2 side stitches have been decreased.


Other decreases

Sssk (=dec3to1L ) − work as dec4to1L, but use 3 stitches instead of 4.

Dec5to1R − work as dec4to1R, but use 5 stitches instead of 4.

Dec5to1L − work as dec4to1L, but use 5 stitches instead of 4.

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