Monday, November 28, 2011

The Nine Days of Knitting - Tutorial and Knitalong - Day 8

Wow - can you believe we're almost done?!  Hopefully, you've made it up to 30" past the color change.  If not, that's ok, you can always come back here when you're ready.

Today we do learn something new - decreasing - but you already know what to do.  Doesn't that make you feel smart and confident - just what you need on a Monday!  Well, besides a stiff cup of coffee.

You are now going to make the point at the opposite end of the scarf.  When we made the first point, we started small and got big.  Now, we are starting big and going smaller.  Here's how to do it:

K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k across

This should look pretty familiar.  I'll break it down step by step, so you can see what's going on.  K1 is knit 1.  That's just making the first stitch.  Seems easy enough, right?  K2tog is a decrease - it's our "take one" that we learned the other day that balanced out the yarn over "make one".  So far so good.  Now, we are taking another one away - that's the second k2tog.  This means we are taking 2 and only making one, so we lose a stitch each row.

Continue the pattern above until you have only 4 stitches left on your needle.  Once you get down to about 15-20 stitches, it starts to go pretty quickly.  Then, take a well deserved break - tomorrow we bind off and finish up!  Hooray!

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