How to Decrease a Stitch on a Knitting Loom


When knitting, whether with two, four or five needles, or with a loom, there are occasions when knowing how to decrease is important. Decreasing can give shape or curves to a piece of work. It is also the way to create arm or neck holes in a sweater. To decrease on a loom, it is helpful to have a crochet hook to hold the stitches that are being decreased.

Things You'll Need

  • Knitting loom, with project on it
  • Crochet hook
  • Slip the last stitch worked onto the crochet hook. Slip the stitch to be decreased onto the hook.

  • Create the decrease by lifting the first stitch placed on the hook over the other stitch. Use fingers to lift the first stitch up and over the first stitch, then off the hook.

  • Repeat this step for however many decreases are needed. Place the stitch from the hook onto the desired peg of the loom.

  • Decrease in a different way by placing the stitch that is to be decreased onto the previous peg. Slip the bottom stitch over the top stitch either using fingers or a crochet hook. Place the second stitch back on the peg where it originated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the decreased stitches loose.

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