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SSK Knitting • Slip Slip Knit Decrease

SSK Knitting technique creates a single decrease of two stitches together into one when shaping your work. This technique is left-slanting for right-handed knitters. Conversely, left-handed knitters will decrease right-slanted stitches.

Below, my written and photographic demonstrations will help you easily accomplish this knitting tip for your upcoming project. I’ve also included video tutorials for both right and left-handed knitters.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Demonstration of hands SSK knitting decrease technique with needles and yarn.

HOW TO DO SSK IN KNITTING

Slip Slip Knit Abbreviation: SSK

Right-Handed SSK Knitting Technique

  • With your right knitting needle tip, slip the first stitch off the left needle knitwise. Then slip the next stitch off the left needle knitwise again.
  • Insert your left needle tip into these two stitches, so it is resting atop the right needle.
  • Knit them through to decrease two stitches into one.

Here’s my detailed lesson on slipping a stitch knitwise >

Watch Right-Handed Knitting Video Tutorial

Step-by-Step demonstration of the SSK Slip Slip Knit knitting technique with hands, knitting needles, and yarn.

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Left-Handed SSK Knitting Technique

  • With your left knitting needle tip, slip the first stitch off the right needle knitwise. Then slip the next stitch off the right needle knitwise again.
  • Insert your right needle tip into these two stitches, so it is resting atop the left needle.
  • Knit them through to decrease two stitches into one.

Watch Left-Handed Knitting Video Tutorial


K2Tog Knitting • Knit Two Stitches Together

The K2Tog Knitting technique is often used in conjunction with SSK, as it is right-slanting for right-handed knitters (and left-slanting for left-handed knitters). Many garments or projects use these two decreases to shape your knitted work.

K2Tog and SSK knitted swatch demonstrating slants.

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