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Old 01-15-2012, 02:43 PM   #11
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okay maybe i'm doing the ssk bit wrong, how are you supposed to?
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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p.s. suzeeq i'm afraid i don't understand what you said, sorry i'm a very new knitter! i followed the typo bit but the bit after i didn't follow :(
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #13
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A ssk is slip 2 sts separately as if to knit then put the L needle into the front of them and wrap the yarn around the R needle to knit together. It's in the decreases page with a video.

Salmonmac wasn't reading it as a dec so for her there were 4 incs (the YOs) and only 3 decs, but since it's a dec too, they balance out which leaves your stitches the same number. That makes the stitch repeat use 10 sts and leaves 10 when you've done the repeat. You might be unfamiliar with the double dec - s1 k2tog psso. For that you slip 1 st, k2tog, then pass the slip st over.

She also said to leave out the K3 but you need that in there. You'll k1 at the beg of the row, then do everything in the repeat across the row, but at the end you'll only have enough sts to k2 instead of k3.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:04 AM   #14
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thank you, i still cannot work this stitch, my ssk's are impossibly tight, is this normal when you're just learning this stitch or am i doing something wrong?
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:24 AM   #15
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Take a look at this video from the Free Videos tab, Decreases at KH. See if you're doing the ssk the same way.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #16
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Also take a look at the purl videos. You might be wrapping them 'backwards' which twists them and makes them hard to knit into on the next row. That's okay, but you might substitute k2tog tbl for the ssk instead and they won't be so tight.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #17
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okay i've now managed the ssk's but my number of stitches gets one less each row... !
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You're fogetting a YO or dropping it when you work the next row. Look at the pattern row and name the sts as you come to them.

knit, yo, dec yo dec knit, dec yo dec yo knit yo dec yo dec, knit, and so on. You may have forgot the very last one.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:38 PM   #19
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i'll have another go, thanks for your help so far!
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i can now work this stitch in chunky wool but not fine wool?! will this just be due to me being a new knitter and finer wool being harder to work with?
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