Right leaning purl decreases

Learn how to knit a right leaning purl decrease

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Right leaning purl decreases creates a lovely neat edge, when you need to decrease on a purl row. This decrease is often called a 'purl 2 together through the back loop' or p2togtbl. This decrease is often used when you need to decrease on the wrong-side of the fabric, in rib, or when knitting in reverse stocking stitch. It can be used in any type of garment, from sweaters to scarves, hats to mittens.

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Step By Step

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Start with the yarn ready to work a purl stitch, and the right needle behind the needle.

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Insert the right needle into the back of the second stitch on the left needle, from left to right.

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Continue by inserting the needle into the first stitch.

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Wrap the yarn around the right needle and complete the stitch as for a normal purl stitch.

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