How to Work Purl 2 Together (P2tog)

Purl 2 Together is the technique of reducing the amount of stitches in a row by combining two purl stitches to make one on your needle.

Decreasing stitches when working in purl stitch, is abbreviated in patterns to P2tog, which is knitting shorthand for “purl two together”.

P2tog is the opposite of k2tog, which is shorthand for “knit 2 together”, where two knit stitches are knitted together to create a left leaning decrease.

P2tog is a primary and basic decreasing skill, perfect for beginners, as it allows you to begin shaping your work and prepares you for more ambitious projects in the future!

Here’s how you do it

  1. In order to purl two stitches together to decrease take your right-hand needle and insert through the first two stitches purl wise.
  2. Wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle.
  3. Pull the loop through purling the two stitches together, then slip both stitches off the needle.
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