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How to work a ssk (slip, slip, knit) decrease

October 3, 2013

The ssk (or slip, slip, knit) is a 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 by slipping two stitches and then knitting them together through the back loops. The ssk is used often in knitting as the opposite or counter or mirrored decrease to the k2tog (knit 2 together). It leans the opposite way – k2tog leans right and ssk leans left.

::: how to work a SSK (slip, slip, knit) :::

1. Slip 1 stitch knitwise. [tutorial on how to slip stitches here]

2. Slip 1 more stitch knitwise.

3. Insert your left needle through the front of the 2 slipped stitches.

4. wrap your yarn around the right needle (it’s in behind) and pull the loop through both of the slipped stitches, knitting them together.

Slip 2 sts knitwise (one at a time)

Slip 1 stitch knitwise

ssk2

Slip 1 Stitch Knitwise

Slip 1 Stitch Knitwise

Put left needle through the fronts of both slipped stitches

Put left needle through the fronts of both slipped stitches

Wrap yarn around the right needle and pull the loop through both slipped stitches

Wrap yarn around the right needle and pull the loop through both slipped stitches

This is what a completed ssk looks like.

This is what a completed ssk looks like.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. YVONNE BEVERIDGE permalink
    March 17, 2015 3:17 am

    What a wonderful site this is. My mothers day gift to my Mum everything she needed to make your Thistle scarf, she was so pleased with it. She is almost 80 although very experienced, she couldn’t remember or didn’t know SSK, I don’t even knit but was able to tell her over the phone after looking at this site, everything is made so clear. I will stick to the crochet though, I love the wooden hook I bought.

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