Hi everyone. I'm pretty new to knitting. I've only made a couple of little things but am working on my first sweater ever! The directions i have call for a decrease of 17 sts for the front and the back. It doesn't specify what type of decrease to use though. Is there a "default" decrease that works best for these situation?
The two most used decreases are a K2tog (knit two stitches together) and SSK (slip, slip, knit). There are videos for both at the top of this page. A K2tog slants to the right and a SSK slants to the left.
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Look at the Decrease section in Basic Techniques. That will show you several that you can use. It depends on which side you make them (usually on the knit side) and if they're at the edges. If they're on the edges, you'll probably want to do one right slanting one /, and one left slanting one \ so they `match'.