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Purl 2 Together Through Back Loop (p2tog tbl)

Purl two together through the back loop, or "p2tog tbl", makes a right-leaning decrease (and if you're working in stockinette, a left-leaning one on the knit side). It also sometimes called an "ssp", or "slip slip purl".

Here's how to do it!:

1. Slip the first 2 stitches knitwise from the left needle to the right needle.

2. Slip them back onto the left needle, maintaining their orientation. These 2 stitches are now on the left needle in a twisted position.

Reach your right needle around to the knit side of the work and insert the tip through the back of the second stitch and then through the first.

Now bring the tip of the right needle to the front of the work and purl together those two stitches.

That's it!

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2 Responses to Purl 2 Together Through Back Loop (p2tog tbl)


  1. rosie says:

    you made that so simple and workable! thank you. I'd never done that stitch before. watched 3 different youtube videos, each more confusing than the next.

    got it the first time with your directions!

    many thanx!

  2. Pat says:

    This is such a better way to do this stitch than the videos I watched. Thanks so much. You removed all the frustration.

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