How To Knit Two Stitches Together (K2tog)


In this post, you will learn how to knit two stitches together.

A basic stitch in knitting is K2tog (or knit two together) this means that you knit two stitches together.

This is a commonly used right-leaning decrease used in all sorts of knitting projects like socks, gloves, and mittens, and to shape the crown of a hat.

How to knit two stitches together

K2tog Explained

This commonly used versatile single decrease stitch is used in knitting patterns and is one way to decrease the number of stitches on your needle.

  • Knitting two together is a basic method of decreasing stitches.
  • It makes a decrease that is abbreviated as K2Tog or k2tog in pattern instructions.
  • To ‘knit two together’ is just like making a regular knit stitch, but you work through two stitches instead of just one.
  • You can do the same thing with purl stitches, which is known as purl two together (P2Tog).

What is K2tog in Knitting?

  • Knitting two stitches together is the most basic decrease in knitting.
  • The decrease that it makes in your work will lean slightly to the right.
  • You will see this abbreviated as K2tog in knitting patterns.
  • In some patterns, it might say to K3tog, which is worked in the same way, except you knit three stitches together instead of two.
  • This can be seen in some intermediate to advanced patterns when tight decreases are needed.
  • You may also see P2tog which means to purl two stitches together.
  • You may also see P3tog, which is purling three stitches together for a tight decrease.
knitted shawl patterns
The sea glass shawl where K2tog and SSK are used to create the design.

How To Knit Two Stitches Together

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How To K2tog – Knit two stitches together

  1. Step 1 – Insert your needle into the next two stitches

    Place the tip of the right needle into the two stitches that you want to knit together on the left needle, just as you would if you were going to knit the first stitch.
    Wrap the working yarn around the right needle.
    inserting the needles into the next two stitches

  2. Step 2 – Yarn over the needle and knit

    Knit those two stitches (the first and second stitch together), just the same as you would complete a normal knit stitch.knitting two stitches together

  3. Step 3 – Slide the stitch off the needle

    Slide the stitch off the needle – you should just have one loop on your right-hand needle.
    That is it – really easy and you have just completed a decrease.
    The image below shows what this will look like on the right side of the work.
    You can now continue to knit the next stitch in the knit row.
    slide the stitch off the needle

  4. Step 4 – Check the back of the work

    If you check the back of the work (the wrong side of the work), you will see that you have completed your decrease and that you have knitted two stitches together successfully.knitting two stitches together

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Is K2tog The Same As SSK?

They are different ways to decrease stitches, K2tog is a right-slanted decrease.

SSK is a slightly different decrease and is one of those left-slanting decreases.

SSK is an abbreviation that means Slip Slip Knit.

Both of those decreases are used in many patterns to create lace patterns or intricate patterns.

You can see an example of how both of these decreases are used to make a lacy design in my The Sea Glass Shawl Knitting Pattern

sea glass shawl pattern

Which Patterns Use K2tog?

Many patterns use this popular simple decrease stitch from sweaters to hats.

To practice this stitch you could knit a garter stitch swatch and practice knitting two stitches together.

The following free patterns for men and women all use K2tog to decrease the crown of the hat to shape…

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