Coronation Knits – a give-away or, how to make two stitches out of three

Welcome to one of the last few stops on Susan Crawford’s Coronation Knits blog tour. Coronation Knits is Susan’s fourth book and it contains 14 delicious patterns. If you have followed this tour, then you will have learnt a lot already about the book, Susan, its inspiration, colour choice, and much more besides. I certainly enjoyed every stop so far! You may also have noticed the odd give-away along the way. You’ll be pleased to hear that not only can you win a copy of Coronation Knits here, but also the yarn needed to knit the Diamond Stole featured on the cover! You will find entry details at the end of this post.

The Diamond stole is based on a pattern Susan found in an early 1950s needlecraft book, in which it featured as a table mat. Luckily for us, Susan recognised its beauty would come out much better when draped over someone’s shoulders. Or my sofa:

I like the slightly regal looking lace border, which uses the trusted razor shell pattern, used frequently in Shetland lace knitting. So are the little diamonds, although in Shetland lace knitting, they are sometimes called spiders. But the two elements that I really like, are firstly the chain columns either side of the small diamonds, with its gently opening and closing of the knit stitch columns:

And secondly, the way that the large diamond grows from a column of two stitches, and especially the top of the diamond. It has perfect symmetry:

This very elegant solution to creating the tip of the diamond is by virtue of a single decrease, but not one as we know it. This decrease makes two stitches out of three! The instructions read as follows:

2 stitches from 3

Slip 1, knit 1 leaving original stitch on left needle, pass slipped stitch on right needle over new stitch now also on right needle, then knit stitch remaining on left needle together with next stitch. This turns 3 stitches into 2 stitches.

Let me take you through this decrease, using some pictures for clarification.

Here we are , on row 45 of the pattern, and you can see the three stitches on the left needle, ready for the decrease:

The first stitch is slipped. Insert your right needle into this stitch as if to knit, and slip it off the left needle onto the right needle. It ends up looking like this:

Then knit the next stitch, leaving the original stitch on the left needle:

You can see the original stitch still on the left needle, somewhat stretched out, and the new stitch on the right needle, somewhat strangled. Now you need to pass the slipped stitch over that new, slightly strangled stitch on the right needle. This is a little bit tricky, as the original stitch on the left needle has a tendency to slip off as well, so keep an eye on it! Here my left needle has been inserted in the slipped stitch and is about to pass it over the new stitch and off the right needle:

This is what it should look like once you’ve passed the slip stitch over. As you can see, the original stitch is STILL on the left needle:

The last step in this decrease, is to knit that remaining stitch on the left needle together with the next stitch on the left needle. This can be a bit fiddly, but it gets easier once you’ve done a few diamonds:

What you end up with, is a very elegant single decrease, which looks like two paired single decreases:

And now, for all those readers who just wanted me to get on with it and get to the give-away part, here is how you can enter to win a copy of Coronation Knits AND enough of the beautiful Juno Belle yarn in the Heart On My Sleeve colourway by Juno Fibre Arts to knit your very own Diamond Stole:

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me about your favourite decrease. I will select a winner on Saturday, 21 July 2012. Please make sure to enter your email address when asked for it when posting your comment, nobody apart from myself will see it. I will contact you myself to get your delivery details. Please note, the book and yarn will be posted once the blog tour has finished, and it doesn’t matter where in the world you live!

The Coronation Knits blog tour isn’t over yet; please find below a list of all the stops past and future:

Tour Date



8th June Susan Crawford
12th June 2012 Jean Moss
16th June 2012 Jen Arnall-Culliford
18th June 2012 Helene Magnusson
20th June 2012 Knitting magazine
24th June 2012 Ingrid Murnane
28th June 2012 Felicity Ford
29th June 2012 Donna Druchunas
7th July 2012 Karina Westermann
2nd July 2012 Simply Knitting magazine
6th July 2012 Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
10th July 2012 Tasha Moss
14th July 2012 Tom van Deijnen
18th July 2012 Woolly
22nd July 2012 Mim
25th July 2012 The Sexy Knitter

Please note, the copyright of the first image (Coronation Knits Book Cover) belongs to Susan Crawford; of the last picture (Juno Belle Heart on my Sleeve yarn) to Juno Fibre Arts. Copyright of all other pictures belongs to tomofholland.

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49 Replies to “Coronation Knits – a give-away or, how to make two stitches out of three”

  1. Ive never really thought what about what my favourite decrease stitch is, but I’m going to stick with a classic and say it would be slip one, knit one, pass over. I love how neat a row of these decreases looks on an armhole 🙂 thanks for a great giveaway!

  2. Lovely stole. My favourite decrease is the one I remember learning as a child which I liked a lot, because of the poetry of the vocalised instructions and the ‘coded-ness’ of the written ones: ‘slip one knit one pass slipped stitch over’ has a lovely ring to it, and ‘k1 sl1 psso’ looks very mysterious 🙂

    You don’t see this decrease so much in modern patterns.

  3. I’m a big fan of the centred double decrease sl2tog, k1, psso. I love the symmetry of the left and right stitches sitting behind the middle one.

  4. I have never really thought about it, but having seen this little beauty, I would love to knit something (Hmm, I wonder what!!) using this wonderfully effective 2 from 3 decrease.

  5. Hello,

    My favourite decrease is different for each situation, but if I’m pushed I’d have to say the good old k2tog. It’s simple, unobtrusive & even a complete novice can understand it.

  6. Basic k2tog. Also love s1k1 psso. Love the way these two slant opposite…..if I can keep them straight so they slant in the propper direction

  7. Favorite decrease is a tough one, as it really does depend on what I’m trying to accomplish! As far as “fun to knit” decreases go, though, ANYTHING with a slipped stitch in it, bonus if there’s two. For some reason, slipping stitches in a decrease is just super duper fun!

  8. I’m a SSK/ k2tog decreaser (although I do have to check the illustrations EVERY time to remember which way they go) but I do love to learn a new knitting technique which is the beauty of a lovely lace project for me.

    PS. I really enjoy reading your blog and love the mending posts. Makes me want to go and make holes in stuff so I can put it back together again.

  9. That is a genius decrease, I am trying to think of reasons to use it right now!
    Prior to reading about this decrease, I have always favoured the lazier version of ssk where you only twist one stitch. Still convinced it looks neater.

  10. My favourite decrease is k2, s1, k1, psso at the beginning of a knit row & k2tog, k2 at the end of the row. Then on the purl row, p2, p2tog at the beginning & p2tbl, p2 at the end of the row. This is a classic decrease for raglan sleeves, and I use this decrease now for all raglans even if the pattern states otherwise! I love the way that the decrease is visible and love how it looks when the decreases on the sleeves and the body match up.

  11. That is a wondrous thing to behold!!! what a great decrease in certain instances like this diamond to ‘send’ the stitch in each direction!! My fave decrease is SSK but of course it depends on the lace pattern of what needs to be done. Susan has created a fabulous book, hasn’t she?

  12. My favorite decrease is the slip, tug, twist, knit together method from techknitter. It makes an even lovelier decrease than k2tog which is hard to do!

  13. This is really beautiful tomofholland, your instructions are so clear and concise I think even I could do this decrease! I like symmetry too. As a novice I enjoyed my first decrease recently when I used k2tog as part of a lovely symmetrical fan. So I guess that’s my favourite.

  14. I’ve got this book and love the patterns! My favorite decrease is sl1 k2tog psso. I feel like I’m finishing something off!

  15. I learnt an invaluable tip that I must credit correctly. It came from Jean Miles but she credits Margaret Stove who taught her the tip so Jean was passing it on.
    “the stitch the needle enters first, for any decrease, is the one that winds up on top”
    So what ever decrease you like or use remember this quote and it will always work out well.

  16. Simple but effective k2tog through the back
    loops. However I will certainly be trying out this new decrease in the future, I love how neat it is!

  17. Such a pretty centered decrease. Thanks for this tip.
    My tight knitting can make k2togs a little difficult, so my favorite is the ssk. I knit the stitch through the back loop on the following row to keep my lines of decreases nice and tidy.

  18. I can’t say I have a favorite decrease; it’s usually “grin and bear it,” fight the tension, then try to hide the finished result. But thanks for this technique; it looks very promising and I can’t wait to try it.

  19. Two stitches from three is totally awesome! I just may be my new favourite decrease – so elegant. I love Susan Crawford’s designs and have been coveting Coronation Knits (and the Diamond Stole) since it came out and would love to win it (and put 2 from 3 into action). Thanks for a great contest and tutorial!

  20. I’ve been knitting for one whole month now ;), and I was very happy when I understood the point of ssk instead of a k2tog, so right now that’s my favorite stitch. I love your concept of mending visibly, it changed my perspective on the sewing that I do.

  21. Thanks for the fab giveaway. Concerning decreases: K2tog I would say!! I have only discovered your blog recently and I love it! I can finally understand how my local seemstress was able to do these visible mending jobs to all the clothes I sent her. I shall be doing them more myself from now on. Thanks again, Pati

  22. Oh, your diamond stole is lovely! It’s one of my favorite patterns from this book so far! As for decreases, I like anything with slips and psso-es. Both pieces I’m knitting right now contain these types of decreases and it’s just so fun!

  23. Slip one, k2tog, psso. It has to do with the movement of the needles. I do ‘need’ it to pair with a yo on both sides though. Otherwise it doesn’t work.

  24. K2tog is my fav because it’s so simple but patterns also frequently have me slipk2togpsso. Beautiful scarf. Would love to make it!

  25. I love the much under-rated K2tog through the back of the loop – all too often IMHO it gets substituted with a SSK which I find not only awkward to do in comparison but it just doesn’t slant in the same way, so for me doesn’t work for paired decreases as well. I won’t rant about it here, as is all to easy for me to do, but anyone doing paired decreases using K2tog and SSK – give K2togtbl a go and see what you think.

  26. Thanks for a great tutorial. I am still a fairly new knitter so my favourite decrease is k2tog because it is so easy! However I am working on another pattern by Susan just now – the tufted cape from Vintage Gifts to knit – and it uses p3tog; at the moment I am not loving this dec but I think I will by the time I am finished. That is what I love about knitting always learning something new. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Thanks for the tutorial. I like ssk because it reminds me of when I started to learn to knit socks, and makes me feel a bit grown up.

  28. What a beautiful stole! This just went straight to the top of my long project list. As far as my favorite decrease goes, I’d have to as anything that wasn’t accidentally! Inside of purposely, my favorite would be knit two into one on the back side.

  29. Thanks for the tutorial, this decrease is brilliant! My favorite decrease for appearance and overall coolness is CDD, though to work I prefer k2tog. The mathematical and geometric neatness of lace knitting makes my brain happy 🙂

  30. Hi Tom,

    i like K2 tog, I know that is a really safe option , but it does allow me to multi task, ie chat or catch up with iplayer at the same time.
    ps I love your visible mending. very inspiring!

  31. Honestly, the decrease you just illustrated might be my new favorite. Thanks for the tutorial. I love it when you can make knitting do very logical things that I somehow never considered before. The CDD is my other favorite, for the same reason.

  32. Thank you for the beautifully clear make-2-from-3 instructions! The pattern I’m working on has it in a chart but no matter how I interpreted their directions for the stitch it made no sense at all.

  33. Thanks for this great tutorial on 2 stitches from 3. I really appreciate it; so helpful in 2017 when I am confronted with doing this decrease for the first time in a different pattern.

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