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Slip, Slip, Knit Variation (ssk)

Slip, Slip, Knit Variation (ssk)


Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)

This variation on ssk is often attributed to Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swansen.
This is a left-leaning decrease.
It looks the same on the right side as ssp.
It mirrors with the right-leaning decrease k2tog.


Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)

Slip one stitch as if to knit.
 

Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)

Slip a second stitch as if to purl.
 

Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)

Insert the left needle into the front of the slipped stitches and knit. Since you don’t re-orient the left-hand stitch when you slip it as if to purl, it is twisted as it lies under the right-hand stitch. Proponents of this variation say the decrease is smoother, and a better mirror image of the k2tog.


Decrease How Tos:

Right-Leaning Single Decreases
Knit Two Together (k2tog)
Purl Two Together (p2tog)


Left-Leaning Single Decreases
Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk)
Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)
Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)
Knit Two Together Through Back Loop (k2tog tbl)
Purl Two Together Through Back Loops (p2tog tbl)
Slip One, Knit One, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (sl 1, k1, psso)
Right-Leaning Double Decreases
Knit Three Together (k3tog)
Purl Three Together (p3tog)
Left-Leaning Double Decreases
Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)
Slip One, Knit Two Together, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (sl 1, k2tog, psso)
Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)
Centered Double Decrease
Centered Double Decrease (cdd)



Read the full article, Decoding Decreases
Download a handy pdf with Decoding Decreases and instructions for all of the decreases.
 

Sandi Rosner is a knitter who wears many hats: designer, technical editor, writer and teacher. She loves the little details that elevate a knitting project from homemade to handmade. Follow Sandi’s blog at knittinginwinecountry.blogspot.com.