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Purl Two Together Through Back Loops (p2tog tbl)

This is a left-leaning decrease.
It looks the same on the right side as sskssk variation, k2tog tbl, and sl1, k1, psso.
It mirrors with the right-leaning decrease p2tog.

Purl Two Together Through Back Loops (p2tog tbl)

Insert the right needle into the back loops of two stitches at once and purl.

Decrease How Tos:

Right-Leaning Single Decreases
Knit Two Together (k2tog)
Purl Two Together (p2tog)

Left-Leaning Single Decreases
Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk)
Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)
Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)
Knit Two Together Through Back Loop (k2tog tbl)
Purl Two Together Through Back Loops (p2tog tbl)
Slip One, Knit One, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (sl 1, k1, psso)
Right-Leaning Double Decreases
Knit Three Together (k3tog)
Purl Three Together (p3tog)
Left-Leaning Double Decreases
Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)
Slip One, Knit Two Together, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (sl 1, k2tog, psso)
Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)
Centered Double Decrease
Centered Double Decrease (cdd)

Read the full article, Decoding Decreases
Download a handy pdf with Decoding Decreases and instructions for all of the decreases.

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