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Rennagayle 02-25-2007 10:14 PM

SSK...I'm confused
The Beanie I'm knitting says to:


Begin decreases.
Row1: *SSK, k1 p1 k1 p1* around
I'm a little confused by the SSK. I looked at the Knitting Help Glossary . There are two different ways to do it, and I'm not sure which to use, and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be slipping purlwise each time or knitwise. Help?

Sknitter56 02-25-2007 10:22 PM


Unless the pattern specifically tells you which way to slip the two stitches, I'd slip them purlwise. But, if you decide to slip them knitwise, be consistent and slip all the SSK's knitwise (or purlwise), whichever way you decide.

Hope this helps.


Rennagayle 02-25-2007 10:24 PM

Okay, Mary, I'm going to go for it. I'm anxious to finish this beanie. Thank you! :D

suzeeq 02-25-2007 10:34 PM

Actually, for SSK you slip knitwise, because they come out twisted if you do it purlwise. It's pretty much the same as sl 1, k 1, psso.


Rennagayle 02-25-2007 10:38 PM


It's pretty much the same as sl 1, k 1, psso
Now I'm confused again. I thought that SSK was to slip 1, slip 1, then knit those two together off the right hand needle. :help:

Ingrid 02-25-2007 10:57 PM

They're both left-leaning decreases, and some people prefer one over the other.

Rennagayle 02-25-2007 11:07 PM

Okay, so then it doesn't really matter much one way or the other, I guess. Thanks, Ingrid.

I wish I were a bolder knitter. I always freeze up when facing something new, so afraid I'll royally mess it up. Thank God for this website, and you helpful people. :hug:

MaryS 02-25-2007 11:28 PM

Hi Renna, :waving:

Don't be afraid to try new things with your knitting. The worst that can happen is you decide to frog a little. :frog:

You never know, you may invent :shrug: (or "unvent" to quote EZ) something new and wonderful. :cheering:

We'll always be around to help if you need it. :happydance:

There's NO wrong way to knit! :hug:


Rennagayle 02-25-2007 11:30 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, Mary. :mrgreen:

Rennagayle 02-26-2007 12:20 AM

Yea! I finished the hat and it looks great. One down, and many more to go, of my Christmas gift list. :happydance:

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