Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Decreasing evenly at the neckline

 How to decrease evenly across a row in knitting

How to decrease evenly across a row in knitting

This is an unexpected post in the Carbeth Cardigan knit-along lineup but as I got to this point in the pattern I felt like there were some questions I was running into so I figured other knitters might have these questions, too.

In Step 3 of the pattern when we finish the yoke shaping we end with 2 stitches before and after the front markers and 2 stitches between the back markers. That's great. The next set of instructions will take a few minutes of your attention. There are two sets of instructions here depending on the size sweater you're making so be sure to find your size and stitch counts before proceeding!

The pattern tells us to decrease evenly across our neckline to really cinch the top of the sweater. This is something that always gets me -- How many times do I need to decrease and with how many stitches in between each decrease?

Well, friends. I found a handy calculator for this!

 How to decrease stitches every across a row,  a free calculator!

How to decrease stitches every across a row, a free calculator!

MAGICAL! Thank you, Lucia for this knitting gift.

To calculate your decrease row:

  1. Enter the number of stitches you have on your needle in the top box. (87 for me).
  2. Enter the number of stitches you need to decrease. (17 for me).
  3. Read what appears in the third box. This number should be 70 for all sizes.

The calculator gives you two suggested rows. Choose which you'd like to follow and knit (or purl) your decrease row with confidence! 

Click here to visit the Decrease Calculator >