“It's still magic even if you know how it's done.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

The Undergrowth Hat has this great detail at the crown:  a centered double decrease --it's just one of the details that makes this hat a beautiful design.  I'm so taken with this little nugget of knitting genius that I thought I'd share it with you.

It's wonderful when you can use increases and decreases intentionally as design elements.  The right choice can add or detract from your knitting.  Single decreases slant left or right and can be used alone or in pairs to mirror one another, but that's another post.  This particular decrease results in a prominent stitch that makes a vertical line when worked every other row.

To work the decrease:

1.  knit to one stitch before the center stitch.  Insert the right needle into the next two stitches on the left needle as if to knit and slip them to the right needle.

2.  knit the next stitch
very blurry pic of step 2

3.  pull the two slipped stitches over the new stitch and off the needle.
step 3

This is so completely genius!  When you slip the stitches as if to knit in step 1, they cross each other, and then that little head of the 3rd stitch pokes its little shoulders up through those slipped stitches and makes that elegant vertical line.


btw, I started the Pine Bough Cowl yesterday.  It's easy and addictive color knitting, no laundry got done today...