How to Decrease in Knitting with SSK and K2Tog

Learn how to decrease in knitting with the techniques SSK and K2Tog.

These abbreviations are the Slip Slip Knit stitch versus Knit Two Together stitch. See how they each slant in different directions and watch exactly how to knit each in my video tutorial.

SSK + K2Tog Knitting Technique Decrease Differences with Studio Knit

These knitting decrease techniques both narrow your work and lessens the number of stitches on your needles.

But here’s the difference between the two techniques: 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.

K2Tog and SSK Knitting decrease sample swatch on knitting needle.


I hope you are inspired to decrease in knitting with confidence in your next knitting project. Find more knitting help with all of my technique tutorials. If you’d like even more great knitting ideas, please make sure you join my mailing list. Subscribing to my YouTube channel Studio Knit is another free and easy way for us to stay connected and help support my work.

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