Posted by: GourmetGirl | April 30, 2013

SSK

SSK: slip, slip, knit. A left leaning decrease.

Most have seen ssk, most have knitted ssk.

A few have changed it. And even fewer don’t use it when indicated in a pattern.

imagesDo I have your curiosity? GOOD!

I was asked by a student to teach her SSK. It is in a pattern she wishes to knit.

I said I would – but I must put her through a “history” (of sorts) before I recommended the way to work her needles and yarn when SSK showed up in her pattern.

Here is what we did – you try it too:

Cast on 15 stitches – with solid medium to light colored worsted weight yarn. Use size 5/3.75mm or 6/4.25 needles.

Work 6 rows in stockinette. (Knit on Right Side. Purl on Wrong Side.)

Row 1: K2, SSK – slip one stitch as if to knit to your right hand needle, slip a second stitch the same way, insert your left needle through the front of the 2 slipped stitches and knit them together, knit to the end.

Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.

Row 3: K2, SSK – slip one stitch as if to purl to your right hand needle, slip the second stitch as if to knit (some believe this makes the stitches lay flatter), insert your left needle through the front of the 2 slipped stitches and knit them together, knit to the end.

Row 5: K2, knit 2 together through the back loops (k2tog tbl), knit to the end.

Row 6: Purl.

Now take a look at your right side and see which left leaning decrease you prefer……..

Repeat rows 5 and 6.

Look again, yes the K2tog tbl is MUCH more attractive.

I personally do not mess around with all the extra work with a SSK – I just go for the easy and fast way to have a fabulous looking left leaning decrease – K2tog tbl. Take it out for a further spin and work: k2, k2tog tbl, k4, k2tog, knit to end.

See how fabulous it looks with a right leaning decrease………

OOO – try slip one as if to knit, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over the one just knitted (psso). How does that look?Unknown

Moral to my story – be BOLD, be ADVENTUROUS, step out of the standard box. Be a Happy and Fabulous Knitter.

Happy Knitting,

Nancy

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