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Old 10-26-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Pattern deciphering
I need some help! I'm knitting a vest for a toddler and to start the v neck at the front (once I'm 38 stitches in) the pattern says, "knit 4, slip 2 stitched one at a time knit wise, pass them back to left needle, knit them together and continue pattern." Any clues as to what that means? Any help is most appreciated!
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:41 AM   #2
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This is a decrease which will lean to the right. Take the steps one at a time: slip 1 as though you were going to knit the st but just pass it to the right needle. Do this with the next st then slip both sts back to the left needle. (You've basically reversed the orientation of the sts.) Now knit the 2 sts together as usual. It makes a tighter stitch than a plain old knit2tog. The Glossary tab at the top of the page has a video of slip one knitwise if you'd like to see that.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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The Glossary and dec pages also have videos for it, usually known as ssk. And you don't have to move the sts back to the L needle. Leave them on the R needle, then insert the L needle into the front of them and knit together. Saves a step.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:04 AM   #4
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Thanks Salmonmac and suzeeq! Most appreciated.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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Im just making sure, so this is just a ssk??

slip 2 stitched one at a time knit wise, pass them back to left needle, knit them together
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Yes, it's a SSK decrease.
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