23 comments on “Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk)

  1. better than a book, better than 2 books, better than 2 books and a neighbour

    of course you knit the SSK through the BACK I knew it all along I should have come to you to begin with. You are the best! and you love dogs. Had a great time with you and your friend dyeing the sweater. You were truly gettting excited and so was I. It was like being back home with a group of friends who got together at a cottage for weekends doing anything creative and fun. We would teach each other our skills or discover something new together.Keep up the good work PLEASE. Make it even better by moving the text to the upper screen where it would not appear over your hands when you’re doing the magic. ….t.

  2. Hi Staci! I heard from another instructor of mine that she slips one of the stitches as if to purl (i can’t remember if it’s the first or second stitch) in a SSK… have you heard of that? I tried it both ways on a swatch and the inclusion of a slip as if to purl seemed to make a tighter lean (less yarn looping about). I can’t remember if I knit through the back loop on that trial though – maybe the back loop keeps it tighter.

    I thought it was interesting none the less!


  3. Thank you for all the info on your site!! You are helping me to learn how to knit. I know K and P. Now I know what to do with them……Your the only one that I know of to show so clearly how to do what. Thank you again…..

  4. Hi Staci

    Thank you for your very informative videos. I am wondering …… am I doing the same thing with SSK if I just Knit 2 together through the back loops? I would very much like your advice.

    Thank you in anticipation.


  5. Staci, how does the stitch, SSK, twist when moving from two stitches from one needle to the next? Thank you so much, Nancy

  6. Nancy – it is because when you slip the stitches individually from the left needle to the right, you are slipping them knit-wise. Slipping stitches knit-wise adds a twist to each stitch.

    S t a c i

  7. I’m am experienced knitter and just found your site – your techniques are presented so clearly. Your site is indeed impressive. Great job!!

  8. Hi Staci – this might be a dumb question, but someone in another video on SSK slipped the two stitches knitwise, then inserted the left needle into the front of those two stitches on the right needle and knit them together that way. Does this accomplish the same thing as your method?

  9. Hi Kim – it is the exact same result. I just break it down into one more step, to hopefully make the stitch more understandable for a new knitter.

    S t a c i

  10. Dear Staci,
    I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed your website! I have wanted to learn how to knit socks forever and I have been so blessed to find your site. You are an amazing teacher and I am well on my way to my first sock and all because of you! Thank you so much for what you do, and for having the time and the skill to share with others.
    I will continue to visit your site for other knitting projects and I have finally moved away from only knitting scarves! All because of you and your site.
    Blessings to you and your family,
    Linda Mercer

  11. Staci I cannot get your videos to play on my kindle fire hd. It says that plug in is not allowed. Videos play on my computer. Do you have any idea why this may be occurring? BTW I just finished your basic sock. Thanks for the help.

  12. Bill – my videos are just regular ol’ YouTube videos…you’ll probably need to check YouTube Help or Kindle Fire Help to find out why videos won’t play. Good luck!

    S t a c i

  13. Thank you! I love your videos so much. I am really learning a lot from you – wish I could return the favour somehow! 🙂

  14. Hi Staci,

    This is probably a dumb question, but when do you use k2tog vs ssk? Or does does it matter which one you use to decrease?


  15. Pam – ssk is a left-leaning decrease, and k2tog is a right-leaning decrease, so they do make a difference in the look of the fabric. If you are told in a pattern to just “decrease one stitch” with no further instructions, that means it will not matter which one you use.

    S t a c i

  16. Staci–I’m very sorry to bother you with yet another question. I’m knitting the Saroyan scarf currently (I’ve got four repeats finished). For some reason, in the last leaf, I decided to pay attention to my ssk and how I was slipping the stitches (so those are k-wise). I don’t recall if I slipped knit-wise or purl-wise on the first three repeats. My question is–did I ruin these sections/should I start over? It seems to be looking OK, but I don’t know if I set myself up for a problem that will be more visible as the pattern grows with the correctly-slipped stitches. Thanks as always! You are an invaluable resource to us knitters!

  17. Bethany – it shouldn’t make much of a difference in the appearance. If you are happy with the way it looks, it won’t affect your stitch count or anything, so you’re good.

    S t a c i

  18. Could you show me how to knit yo2? yo3? My pattern expects these yarn overs to be stitches to be “dropped” on a later row. If I wrap twice, I don’t get two loops to drop…just one large useless loop.

  19. I read recently in a pattern I was looking at that the author had tried, while doing an ssk, slipping one stitch knitwise and the other stitch purlwise, before knitting the two together. She said she was astonished at how much snugger and smoother the decrease was, and that she was going to do it that way from now on, every time an ssk was called for.

    I’m sure I saved it in a VERY SAFE PLACE (hear a scream in the background?), but of course I can’t find it. The project I’m knitting right now is very big and is a gift, so I don’t want to try experimenting on it. If you or anyone else has ever tried the two ways, I would love to hear your results!

    Thank you so much for this and all your other fabulous advice and suggestions–this is a goldmine! 8D

  20. Chris – it may depend on the yarn and the gauge you are using, but I’ve worked SSK both ways, right next to each other, and there is really no discernible difference between the two.

    S t a c i

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