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How to Knit the Purl Two Together Decrease (p2tog)

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the purl two together decrease (p2tog). This method of shaping your work by removing stitches is used on the purl side of your fabric, usually the wrong side. It creates a left leaning slant on the purl side and a right leaning slant on the knit side when doing stockinette. It mirrors the slip slip purl (ssp) and looks the same as the knit two together (k2tog)

Skill: Easy


Step 1: Insert your working needle into the first two stitches on your main needle, purlwise.
Step 2: Wrap the working yarn over the working needle, going over the top and around the bottom.
Step 3: Push the working yarn through both stitches on the main needle.
Step 4: Pull both stitches off the main needle.

Example of the Purl Two Together Decrease right side close upExample of the Purl Two Together Decrease right side close up (click for larger)

Example of the Purl Two Together Decrease wrong side close up



  1. RickMartin

    May 1, 2012

    I like your daily new stitches.  And I like the new format.  BUT, I do prefer seeing what the stitch looks like in the email so I can more quickly determine whether or not to go to the browser to actually see how it’s done.

    • newstitchaday

      May 1, 2012

       @RickMartin When I started putting photos in the emails a lot of people stopped visiting the site. This really hurts our statistics when selling ads, which is one of the ways we are able to make these videos available for free. Since the email is meant to notify our subscribers something new is on the site, I really want people to come to the site.  But there is a photo embedded in the web page for each stitch, do you don’t have to watch the video to see it. .  Thanks for the feedback. I very much appreciate you letting me know what works for you and what doesn’t. I just have to balance your needs with our needs.  I hope you understand.