One of the things that always frustrates me is not being able to do something I want, when I want to. For instances, decreases!

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As I am starting to designs shawl and other knitwear accessories, I came across a problem. I had to do a double decrease but I was on the wrong side of my work, on the purl-side.

Purl-side decreases are a bit of a mystery for a lot of people and so, they’re not used very often. But when you encounter one, for example in my new Coquelicot pattern, or if you simply have to do a centered decrease on the wrong side, here is one method to do it.

First you’re going to slip one stitch, purl wise.

Slip one

Then, you’ll have to exchange the next two stitches. To do so, insert you right needle into the back of the second stitch on your needle.

Go through the back of the second stitch

Remove the two stitches from your left needle being careful to pinch the first stitch to make sure you don’t drop it. (In the photo, I’m doing it with my left hand because my right one was holding the camera (!) but normally I pinch it with my right hand.)

Remove needle pinching the first stitch

Put the first stitch back on the left needle and then slip back the second one.

Put back first stitch

The two stitches back on the needle

Then slip back the very first stitch you’ve slipped and purl these three stitches together.

Put first stitch back

Purl three together

Congratulations, you have just made a purl centered double decrease or pcdd! Now you can knit without fear, knowing you can decrease on either side of your work!

Here’s what it looks like on my Coquelicot shawl. Pretty huh?


I hope you’ve enjoyed learning this neat technique.

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