SSK vs K2TOG Decreases: What's the Difference?

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about the difference between decreases in knitting.  We have Slip Slip Knit stitch versus Knit Two Together stitch. So, I thought it was high time to review it and make a quick video!!

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Yes, they both are DECREASE stitches, which narrows your work and lessens the number of stitches on your needles.

But here’s the difference: When we do SSK, we Slip Slip and Knit. As a result, our yarn then LEANS to the left. Sort of like our back-slash key on our keyboard. \\

With the Knit Two Together stitch, we see that our yarn is now slanting to the right, like the forward-slash on our keyboard. //

Your pattern will specify either an SSK or a K2Together decrease because your work is intentionally being shaped in a certain direction.

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SSK + K2Tog Knitting Technique Decrease Differences with Studio Knit

SSK + K2Tog Knitting Technique Decrease Differences with Studio Knit