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Old 05-17-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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Does dec always mean k2tog?
Hi all,

My pattern says to dec 1 at each end of every row. Later in the pattern it uses k2tog specifically. So, do I need to figure out which of the many decreases to use or anything? or do I just k2tog? I guess I could call my LYS and get some help too because they just sold me the pattern and were super helpful.

I'm making Ginger from the Rowan Summer Tweed Collection booklet.

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Old 05-17-2008, 10:43 PM   #2
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If that is the only specific instructions for decreasing then I would think it was meant to be every time.
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:59 PM   #3
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Does the pattern give any instructions in a separate place from the actual pattern? Sometimes there are instructions right after the gauge/yarn, info, etc.

If not than k2tog is probably fine. What are you making? Do you have the name of the pattern?
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:26 AM   #4
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I'm making a tank top called Ginger from the Rowan Summer Tweed Collection. I looked for separate explanation but didn't find one.

I'm thinking they might want the dec to lean in to the middle of the garment (I think it's a right side row) so I could do k2tog on one end and ssk on the other. It seems logical but as a newbie I wish they would spell that out for the reader!

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I think your thinking is correct in that the decreases you use depend a lot on the shaping of the object. If they are to lean in to the middle then go with K2TOG and SSK as you say.
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Thanks Mason....(new avatar photo,eh? I like the new look)

I should know that I can probably trust my instincts on stuff like this but it is nice to get some encouragement from folks here. So, Thanks! I also realized that the decrease I'm talking about happens once every 6 rows so it's not going to be terribly visible and so it probably matters even less what I do. But, I made a note on my pattern to remind myself what to do where when I do have to.

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If you do want them paired, you should do the SSK (a left leaning dec) at the beginning of the row, and the K2TOG (right leaning dec) at the end.
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