Knitting Instructional: How to Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)

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Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jeanne from Jimmy Beans Wool demonstrates how to "slip, slip, knit" or SSK which is a common type of decrease.

An ssk is a single decrease that leans to the left. This differs from a k2tog which leans to the right. An ssk helps you shape your fabric for what is called directional shaping.

SSK = Slip 1, slip 1, knit the 2 slipped stitches together through the back loop

Written instructions for working an ssk vary but Jeanne prefers to work an ssk by slipping the first stitch as if to knit, slipping the second stitch also as if to knit, then she inserts the tip of her left needle into the front loops of both the stitches she just slipped and knits them together through the back loop.

Note: When shaping a garment, Jeanne likes to work her decreases one stitch in from the edge so she has a nice smooth edge.

It's that simple! So now go rock it!

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