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« on: July 02, 2007 08:24:08 AM »

Huh Is there any way to decrease in 1X1 rib AND make it look nice?

There are an odd number of stitches (23) on my needle.  I feel like I am making up things as I go along and it does NOT look good. The left side is not a mirror image of the right side. 

I am relatively new to knitting (March 07) and any help would be much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 10:29:01 AM »

What are you making and how many stitches do you need to decrease? If it's only one at each end, then do either k2tog, ssk, or p2tog on the edge stitches, depending on which stitch you need to be on top to match the stitch next to it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2007 10:55:12 AM »

It's a sweater for a dog.  It says I need to "Decrease 1 stitch at each side every 3rd row."

Thank you for your input.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2007 11:16:10 AM »

and should I do this decrease with the first two stitches? or further in the row?
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2007 11:34:40 AM »

If you want to dec and keep the rib pattern, it would look best to do it on the edge stitches. The first stitch is a k1, so you'd p2tog which hides the knit stitch and keeps the rib. If you start with a purl, do k2tog. On the other edge, if you end with a purl, you'd do SSK to hide the purl. If you end with a knit, then you'd do a purl 2 tog also. Just try it out each time you have a dec and if it doesn't keep the rib pattern, do it another way.
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