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Making 2-Stitch Decreases in One Row Using More than One Color

To maintain the integrity of brioche
stitch, decreases should be worked
in pairs of stitches. Depending on the
look you want, the decreases can slant
to the right or left.

For shaping armholes and necklines
in sweaters, most knitwear designers
will work symmetrical decreases - a
left-slant decrease a few stitches in
from one selvedge and a right-slant

 

 

decrease a few stitches before the
other selvedge. You will need to cast
on an uneven number of stitches.

To begin, designate or mark a ‘column’
of knit stitches on the right side (public
side) of the work for placement of
the decrease. This will be referred to
as the marked stitch or column. The
marked stitch sits on top of the other
stitches involved in a decrease.

 

 

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color decreases

brk3tog = (bark 3 stitches together):
on RS using MC, work in pattern to two
stitches before marked stitch (the
marked st is then the third st), brk2tog
(this will involve a single st and a st
with a yo - 3 loops), return this st to
left needle and pass the marked st (st
with its yo - 2 loops) over, return
this st to right needle — 2 stitches
dec’d. This places the last of the three
stitches involved (the marked st) on
top and slants to the right.

brsskpsso: on RS using MC, work
to marked stitch, slip the next two
stitches (the marked st with its yo and
the next single st - 3 loops) knitwise
(one at a time) onto right needle, brk
the foll st, then pass the two slipped
stitches over. 2 stitches dec’d. This
places the first (the marked st) of the
three stitches involved on top and
slants to the left.

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2-Stitch Decreases Spread Over Several Rows Using Two Colors

3row/2st decrease using one color
These decreases are spread out over
3 rows which eases it into the work
nicely. This decrease eliminates the CC
thread that slightly shows in the
One Row decrease described above.
personal favorite
brioche decrease
Right-Slant 3row/2st Decrease
Use this on RS at left edge.

1st RS MC row: Work to 2 sts before
marked column st, brssk, brk1 (this
would be the marked st), cont in patt
- 1 st dec’d; 2 ‘brk’ sts next to each
other.
RS CC row: Work in patt to the double
sts laying next to each other, yf sl2yo,
cont in patt.
Foll WS MC row: Work to double sts
with their shared yo, brp2tog, cont in
patt - 1 st dec’d this row.
Left Slant 3Row/2st Decrease
Use this on RS at right edge.

1st RS MC row: Work to marked
column st, brk1 (this would be the
marked st), brk2tog, cont in patt - 1 st
dec’d; 2 ‘brk’ sts next to each other.
RS CC row: Work in patt to the double
sts laying next to each other, yf sl2yo,
cont in patt.
Foll WS MC row: Work to double MC
sts, yarn under needle to front, bring
right needle tip under the foll yo and sl
the 2 MC sts separately kwise, return
these 2 sts to left needle with yo on
top having reversed their mount, and
purl these 2 sts tog by inserting right
needle into second st then first st on
left needle, cont in patt - 1 st dec’d
this row.

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Decreasing in 2-color Brioche Stitch in the Round

decrease in the round

This beret shows the right-slant 3-row 2st dec in the round worked in stockinette brioche stitch.

Right-Slant 3-Row 2st Dec: (right slant dec)
1st dec MC Rnd: (“knit’’ column color using MC) Work to 2 sts before marked
column st, brssk, brk1 (marked st plus its yo), cont in patt - 1 st dec’d; 2 MC sts
next to each other.
Next dec CC Rnd: (“purl’’ column color using CC) Work to doubled MC sts,
yf sl2yo, cont in patt.
Next dec MC Rnd: (“knit’’ column color using MC) Work to double MC sts with
their shared yo, brk2tog, cont in patt - 1 st dec’d this row; 2 sts dec’d total to
complete 3-row 2st dec.

Left Slant 3-Row 2st Dec: (left slant dec)
1st dec MC Rnd: (“knit’’ column color using MC) Work to marked column st, brk1
(marked st plus its yo), brk2tog, cont in patt - 1 st dec’d; 2 MC sts next to each
other.
Next dec CC Rnd: (“purl’’ column color using CC) Work to doubled MC sts,
yf sl2yo, cont in patt.
Next dec MC Rnd: (“knit’’ column color using MC) Work to double MC sts, brssk
- 1 st dec’d this row; 2 sts dec’d total to complete 3-row 2st dec.

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