What does purl two together mean?
Purl two together is just one of the ways you can decrease the number of stitches you have on your knitting needles.
The easiest way to decrease stitches is by knitting two together. This stitch will be written in knitting patterns as K2tog and gives you a right-leaning decrease.
Another easy way to decrease stitches is to purl two together. This will be written in knitting patterns as P2tog. Purl two together is the same basic principle as knit two together and can be used when you need to decrease on the wrong side of your project.
Regardless, decreasing is an essential skill you have to learn if you want to knit.
What does purling two together look like?
Purling two stitches together decreases your stitch count by one, and the decrease stitch leans to the right.
Why do you need to decrease stitches in knitting?
Jumpers, beanies and anything that requires a bit of shape will need stitches decreased.
For example, if you’re knitting a jumper, when it comes time to knit the sleeves, there’s a point where they will need to be made narrower. This is done by decreasing the number of stitches on your needles.
How to purl two together
Here’s how to purl two together in three easy steps. These instructions are perfect for beginner knitters.
Push the point of your right-hand needle through the first two stitches on your left-hand needle, going from right to left as you would for a purl stitch.
Bring yarn anticlockwise around the needle, between the two needles.
Pull the yarn through both stitches as you would when working a purl stitch and drop both stitches from the left-hand needle.
How to cast on knitting
If you need a recap on how to cast on your knitting. Here are two methods for casting on:
Both have different benefits but are very easy to master.
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