The decreases on the yoke of the Carbeth Cardigan are what make this sweater shine.
One good thing to keep in mind about this cardigan is that we're not decreasing the sleeve stitches. If you've ever worked a regular raglan sweater we normally increase or decrease evenly across the body and sleeves to create the lines toward the armholes. On this sweater we're only decreasing the front and back stitches and all those sleeve stitches stay in place. That's what creates that really cool effect.
We're going to be decreasing on EVERY row which is a little unusual and that's why the decrease lines are so pronounced.
Decreases for the knit rows
As we knit around the row we'll work a decrease either before or after a marker. It's important to do the right decrease at the right place each time. Before the marker is a right-leaning decrease or K2tog. After the marker is a left-leaning decrease so we SSK.
Here's how to K2tog
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together into 1. Single right-leaning decrease.
Here's how to SSK
SSK: Slip the next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to the right needle. Insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together. Single left-leaning decrease.
Decreases for the purl rows
The same concepts apply for the wrong side or purl side of the work. We're working a left-leaning decrease (LLD) before a marker and a P2tog after the marker. Again, it's important to do the right decrease at the right place each time because that's what gives us those amazing lines up the shoulders.
How to work an LLD
LLD: Slip the next 2 stitches one at a time as if to knit, insert left needle as if to SSK, remove right needle, purl these 2 stitches together through the back loop. Single left-leaning decrease.
Here's how to P2tog
P2tog: Purl 2 stitches together into 1. Single right-leaning decrease.
Check out these decreases! It's happening!
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