11 comments on “Slip, Slip, Purl (SSP)

  1. I’ve come across this stitch a few times in various patterns.. So your demo is very useful..

    I have seen people do this stitch by p2togtbl… You just did a p2tog after the slip 2. Is there any real advantage for doing it tbl?

  2. Hi Michelle – I have done it both ways, and I don’t see much (if any) of a difference between doing a P2tog or a P2togtbl. So I do it this way.

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    • When I do the p2TOG at the end and do it the normal way (without going through the back loop), it leans to the right on the RS of the fabric. Only if I P2TOG TBL does it lean to the left – the same direction as the SSK stitches on the RS rows at that same edge.

  3. I love your demos, they are so clear and very helpful….please keep them coming! Hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and thank for all your help.

  4. I just learned at knitting group I was doing the ssk wrong! I was slipping the first 2 stitches and knitting the third as normal on the left needle! I have only been knitting a year but I have never seen the abbreviation ssp before in a pattern. When would you use this, if there is an ssk on the wrong side?? Thanks!


  5. Hi Jennifer – you would really only use this when a pattern calls for it, or if you are designing your own pattern and you want a left-leaning decrease on the purl side of the work.

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  6. Your videos are very well done and I have to say thank you for showing the basics as well as the Entrelac! I’ve wanted to try this but was afraid it was to advanced for me. Thank you again for sharing your talent and techniques.

  7. Thanks for great tutorials. I watch you on YouTube all of the time. You were showing your stitch markers and said there was a link at the bottom of the page but I was watching I tried to find the video again on my computer but for the life of me I couldn’t get it. Would you mind telling me where you got them? Another question. To your knowledge are there any tutorials or books out about designing knitting such as lace or toe up socks. I know there are so many patterns online but I would just love to understand the process. I know you are going to tell me that you just learned it on your own by guess and golly. How do you know what combination of stitches are going to do what you want them to do? It boggles the mind. Mine at least.
    Thank you so much for all of the work you put into your tutorials. Dorothy

  8. Hi Dorothy – you’ll find info and links to tools I regularly use on my FAQ page here:

    The stitch markers I use are by RyCrafty:

    I don’t know of any instruction on designing socks, sorry. And yes, I learned by doing. Mostly by knitting enough pairs of socks (using established patterns) to learn the process, then confidently move on to my own designs. I think that’s a good way to move forward!

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