Pass slipped stitch over

Psso refers to pass slipped stitch over, a less attractive version of the left-slanting ssk decrease but one that's still used in certain stitch patterns and in double decreases (decreasing 2 stitches at once). Essentially, psso makes a bound-off stitch in the middle of a row. You can work it from the knit or purl side of your work.

Here's how to work a psso on the knit side:

  1. Slip 1 stitch knitwise from the LH needle to the RH needle.
  2. Knit the next stitch on the LH needle.
  3. Insert the tip of the LH needle into the slipped stitch and bring it over the knitted stitch and off the needle as if you were binding off.

To work a psso on the purl side, do the following:

  1. Purl 1 stitch.
  2. Slip the next stitch knitwise to the RH needle, and return it in this changed direction to the LH needle.
  3. Transfer the purled stitch (from Step 1) from the RH needle to the LH needle.
  4. Insert the RH needle into the slipped stitch and bring it over the purled stitch and off the needle.

Sometimes you need to decrease 2 stitches at the same time. Certain stitch patterns depend on this double decrease for its effect, and sometimes it's necessary in garment shaping. Like single decreases, the double decrease can slant to the left or right. Or it can create a single vertical line at the decrease point.

Right-slanting double decrease

To work a right-slanting double decrease on the knit side, follow these steps:

Slip 2 stitches knitwise one at a time to the RH needle, insert the LH needle into the front of the loops, and knit them together. (Flip back to the earlier section, "Slip, slip, knit," for instructions on making a ssk decrease.)

  1. Slip the stitch you just worked back to the LH needle.
  2. Bring the second stitch on the LH needle over the decreased stitch and off the needle.
  3. Return the decreased stitch to the RH needle.

To work a right-slanting double decrease on the purl side, do the following:

  1. Slip the next stitch from the LH needle to the RH needle.
  2. Purl the next 2 stitches together.

Refer to the earlier section, "Purling 2 stitches together," to find out how to do so.

Pass a stitch over" means to bind it off.

Pass a stitch over" means to bind it off.

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