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I'm making this vest.

I'm at the "left front neck", and it says to do the following:

Keeping armhole edge even, dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and alt rows until there are 19 (17-17-18-21-22) sts rem, then on following 4th rows until there are 14 (14-15-16-18-19) sts rem.

So, am I doing what this woman is doing in this video tutorial? I'm confused because it seems like she is decreasing 2 stitches, not 1 stitch.

I'm making [this vest](https://www.yarnspirations.com/caron-adult-knit-v-neck-vest/CAK0432-008086M.html). I'm at the "left front neck", and it says to do the following: > Keeping armhole edge even, dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and alt rows until there are 19 (17-17-18-21-22) sts rem, then on following 4th rows until there are 14 (14-15-16-18-19) sts rem. So, am I doing [what this woman is doing in this video tutorial](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PiyiCwZ3DY)? I'm confused because it seems like she is decreasing 2 stitches, not 1 stitch.

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She is decreasing two stitches. You want to decrease only on the part that is the neck, so you'd only be doing the decrease at the end of the row. You want the neck part to start slanting, not the armhole.

[–] tamata [OP] 4 points (+4|-0)

Ah, okay.

Should I knit the last two stitches together to get it to slant? Or should I get to the last three stitches, k2tog, then knit the last stitch like how patterns usually instruct you to do?

I would do it the second way. Both work, but that way is neater and can make it easier to attach the collar.

[–] Emmeline 3 points (+3|-0)

Is it the left front neck as you will wear the sweater or the left front neck as you look at the sweater? Because if it’s the latter, the decrease you need is SSK, I think, as that is a left-slanting decrease, whereas K2tog is a right-slanting decrease. Both will achieve the effect of decreasing a stitch, but SSK will look better (and will look even neater if you purl the resulting stitch through the back loop on the next row].

That's a good point, but I looked at the pattern and they have the neck edge at the end of the row.

Left Front Neck Shape V-neck: 1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. K25 (26-27-29-31-33). K2tog (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle. 2nd row: Purl. 3rd row: K2. ssk. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 4th row: Purl.

[–] Emmeline 2 points (+2|-0)

Ah, I see. In that case, I would continue the decreases as established, ie. Knit to last two stitches, K2tog. If OP follows those instructions and then switches to K2tog, k1 for the last three stitches, it will look odd.

I always have to fiddle around for the correct slant. I’m a combination knitter. :)

[–] tamata [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

It's the left front neck as I wear the sweater.

So, you're saying...

SSK works better for left neck

K2tog works better for right neck

Is that right? You said it clearly but I confuse myself a lot so I write things down as plainly and "obviously" as possible, to avoid "silly" mistakes (of which I make many).

[–] Emmeline 3 points (+3|-0)

If the decrease is at the end of the row, you will need a right-leaning decrease, ie. K2tog, because if that is the neck edge the slant will be to the right as you look at the garment. On the other side of the neck, the slant would be leftward, so SSK would mirror the other side better.

And it took me ages to learn this, which I did mainly from knitting socks and doing heel gusset decreases, so I understand getting confused on this point! There may be “silly” mistakes (although they’re all a chance to learn) but there are no silly questions!

[–] tamata [OP] 0 points (+0|-0)

Okay, I think I got it! I'll "actually" get it once I actually have to use it. Thank you so much!