How to make the Slip Slip Knit (SSK) and why!

Slip Slip Knit (SSK) is the “sister stitch” to K2tog.  Both decrease the number of stitches you have.

Like most knitting stitches, “Slip Slip Knit (SSK”), describes what you do…to reduce a stitch this way, you will carry out the following steps:

Slipping “knitwise” simply means putting your needle under the stitch as if you were going to knit it, but not knitting it, instead sliding it onto the right-hand needle.  As shown in the picture below.


How to decrease knitting stitches - SSK-step2


woohoo, one stitch down using SSK! nice! 🙂

So…why use SSK and K2tog?

When you’re following a pattern, you might find that the design uses SSK at one “side” of the row / item and K2tog at the other end.

Like Make 1 Left (M1L) and Make 1 Right (M1R), this is because SSK “leans” to the left and K2tog “leans” to the right.

For example, if we look at my Freddie the Field Mouse pattern, you will see that his body decreases slant each side.


You should use whichever stitch you pattern tells you to use…just now hopefully you understand why you will need both! 🙂

Happy Knitting!


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