An alternative to P2togtbl

I’ve recently been working on a shawl design that required directional decreases on both the wrong side and right side, so K2tog and SSK on the right side, and P2tog and P2togtbl on the wrong side. But P2togtbl is a stitch that I really dislike doing, I find having to bring the needle right around the back of my work really awkward.

So here is a little tutorial showing an alternative way of working this stitch that is a lot easier on the hands, the final stitch looks exactly the same as a P2togtbl but requires less acrobatic hand maneuvers.  There is also a video right at the very end of this post.

Firstly: insert your right hand needle into the next 2 stitches just as you would when doing a P2tog

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slide these 2 stitches on to the right hand needle.

Secondly: bring the left needle up and under these two stitches and slide them back on to the left needle

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the stitches have now been twisted:

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Thirdly: Now purl these 2 stitches together just as your would a regular P2tog

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As you can see on the right side you now have a left leaning decrease that looks just the same as P2togtblfifth

I’ve also made this short video showing me working the stitch:

(this is the first time I’ve ever made any sort of video tutorial and so I hope that it is understandable!)

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