Slip stitch and passing slip stitch over

There are several ways to vary the basic knit and purl stitches for decorative purposes. These variations include slip stitch, passing slipped stitch over, yarn over, long stitch, and crossed stitch.

Pass Slip Stitch Over (psso)

This variation of knit and purl slipped stitches is used to decrease number of stitches.

The method may differ from slip stitches above in how stitch is slipped onto right needle. When you knit, your yarn stays in back of the work; when you purl, it stays in front.

Pass Slip Stitch Over

2 Pass slip stitch over double stitch.

Pass a slip stitch as if to knit from left to right needle. Insert right needle through 2 stitches on left needle and knit them as if 1 stitch. Then, with left needle, draw slipped stitch over double stitch and drop it (2 stitches decreased).

Knitting Needles Drawing

ISlip stitch on knit rows. Yarn stays in back of work. Insert right needle as if to purl (right to left) through stitch on left needle and slip ii onto right needle without working it. (It will then be in the correct position when you work it on the next row.)

2 Slip stitch on purl rows. Yarn stays in front of work. Slip stitch onto right needle without purling it.

This stitch is used in lace patterns or to increase number of stitches by adding a loop that is worked as a stitch on next row. The loop makes a hole or eyelet in work.

Slip Stitch Front Loop

IYarn over in knit. Bring yarn from back to front of work under needle, then wrap it over the right needle; with yarn now in back, continue to knit across row. On next row, work loop as a stitch (purl on purl row, knit on knit row).


2 Yarn over in purl. Start with yarn in front, wrap it up over left needle and bring it back to front under needle tip; continue to purl across row. On next row, work loop as a stitch.

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