DD Double Decrease over Four Stitches
by Connie Pomposelli
(Woodland Park, NJ)
I have a very old pattern for little Christmas stockings.
To make the toe I am required to dd over the next 4 stitches. As far as I can tell the usual dd is over 3 stitches.
I slip one, knit two together an pass over the slipped stitch.
Isn't that a dd over three stitches? Also the pattern later states DD2.
What the the "2" mean after the DD.
Thank you Connie Pomposelli
DD normally stands for Double Decrease. A single decrease reduces the number of stitches by 1, a double decrease reduces the number of stitches by 2.
As with your pattern DD often involves decreasing three stitches down to one (3 - 2
But it can also be done over four stitches by slipping 1, knit 1, passing the slipped stitch over followed by knitting 2 together (4 - 2
I have not seen DD2 before and could only hazard a guess as to what this abbreviation means, so I am going to move your question to the open questions section and with any luck one of the visitors to the site will be able to enlighten both of us.