Slip slip knit

Slip, slip, knit (abbreviated ssk) results in a left-slanting decrease. The ssk decrease is the mirror image of k2tog: It slants to the left. Use it when you want to work symmetrical decreases.

To work a ssk on the knit side, follow these steps:

  1. Slip the first stitch on the LH needle (as if to knit) to the RH needle without actually knitting it.
  2. Do the same with the next stitch.

The 2 slipped stitches should look like the stitches in Figure 6-14a.

  1. Insert the LH needle into the front loops of these stitches (left to right), as in Figure 6-14b.
  2. Wrap the yarn in the usual way around the RH needle and knit the 2 slipped stitches together.

To work an ssk on the purl side, follow these steps:

  1. Slip the first stitch on the LH needle (as if to knit) to the RH needle.
  2. Do the same to the next stitch.
  1. Keeping the 2 slipped stitches facing in this direction, transfer them back to the LH needle.
  2. Purl the 2 stitches together through the back loops (see Figure 6-15).

Figure 6-15:

Purling 2 slipped stitches through the back of the loops.

Figure 6-15:

Purling 2 slipped stitches through the back of the loops.

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