The ssk (or slip, slip, knit) has a rather counter-intuitive name because it is not really as it seems. You are doing more than just slipping and knitting, you are in fact decreasing a stitch. It really should be called, slip, slip, knit 2 slipped stitches together through the back loop…but that’s a little less catchy.
The ssk is used often in knitting as the opposite, counter, or mirrored decrease to the k2tog (knit 2 together). It leans the opposite way – k2tog leans right and ssk leans left.
Steps to work a ssk (slip, slip, knit)
- Slip 1 stitch knitwise. [tutorial on how to slip stitches here]
- Slip 1 more stitch knitwise.
- Insert your left needle through the front of the 2 slipped stitches.
- wrap your yarn around the right needle (it’s in behind) and pull the loop through both of the slipped stitches, knitting them together.
Variation: the sssk
Sometimes you need to decrease more than one stitch, you need to decrease two. The sssk is worked just the same as the ssk, but you will slip 3 stitches (instead of 2) and knit all 3 together through the back loop.
TCK patterns with an ssk:
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