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How to K2tog Knit Two Together Tutorial

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K2tog the abbreviation for knit two together is the simplest knitting decrease. As such, it’s one of the most common ways new knitters learn to decrease.

It’s a simple and easy to make knitting decrease. K2tog will reduce your stitch count by one stitch.To do this you knit two stitch into a single stitch.

There are different ways to decrease and create the desired shape in knitting. Some similar decreases are just as easy to make but will give you a different finished look.

Blue swatch of stockinette with several k2tog along one side creating angle.

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Which Way Does a K2tog Lean?

The k2tog is a right-leaning decrease. This means the finished stitch leans towards the right.

A k2tog leans to the right. The opposite is a left-leaning decrease. The is usually a SSK or slip slip knit. I use a left leaning decrease for the v-neck shaping in the Elena Sweater.

You can also k2tog through the back loops, or k2tog tbl. This is an easy way to decrease when working garter stitch.


  • Any weight yarn and matching needles.
  • This decrease can be made when knitting flat with straight needles or in the round with circulars. It’s knit the same way regardless.
  • I’m using my 4.5 mm US Size 7 knitting needles on 16″ circular cable.

Video Tutorial

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You might also find the p2tog tutorial helpful.

Blue swatch of knitting on needles with purl decreases.

How to P2tog

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to decrease one stitch with the p2tog or purl two together.


  • Any yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn


  • US Size 7 / 4.5 mm knitting needles


In this tutorial I will purl the first stitch and the next stitch together.

Start with the working yarn in the front and the tip of the right needle pointed at the tip of the left needle, or purl-wise, as if to purl.Insert needle purlwise.

Insert your right needle tip purl wise, behind the front leg of both stitches you wish to decrease.Insert needle purl wise under two stitches.

Wrap the yarn and purl both stitches.Wrap yarn around needle to purl both stitches together.

Slide them from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle. Slide new stitch on to right needle.

You have p2tog, which decreases the total number of stitches by 1.

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