View Poll Results: how do *you* ssk?
slip knitwise, slip knitwise, then knit 35 72.92%
slip knitwise, slip purlwise, then knit 9 18.75%
depends on what I'm making (explain) 2 4.17%
other (explain) 2 4.17%
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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how do *you* ssk?
So when I ssk, I slip both sts as to knit. My KO sock pattern has me slip as to knit then slip as to purl. (My anniversary sweater pattern says the same thing but I went ahead and did what I've always done). Amy's decrease videos offer both options and she says that some people think slipping the second stitch purlwise makes for a smoother decrease that mimics k2tog more closely. I need to decide what I'm going to do for these socks (when I get that far, which will be awhile!), and I'm curious about what most people do, and why.
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:21 PM   #2
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Amy's increase/decrease page says that slipping the second stitch as if to p is neater and a better match for k2tog, so that's what i've been doing.
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:40 PM   #3
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I've always slipped both stitches knitwise so I'm afraid to try the other way on a pattern because I just know I'll forget when I pick it up again. It just comes so automatically. I like the way it looks, though.
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Old 02-11-2006, 12:08 AM   #4
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I didn't know there was any way but to slip both sts as to knit.
I'm curious to try the other way, but I'm such a "mirror image" kind of person...................... :thinking:

I gotta say, I've learned more here since Jan 1st than in the last two years from books. :D
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Old 02-11-2006, 02:53 AM   #5
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There's more than one way to ssk?
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:01 AM   #6
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I know! Who knew?!?

I kept thinking my sweater pattern was just weird until I discovered the same instructions in my sock pattern and then checked ou Amy's basic decrease techniques to see what she had to say. Haven't watched the videos yet but I read what she wrote - it's labeled "SSK 'improved'". She writes: Lays slightly flatter than SSK. Some prefer it as an even closer match to k2tog. ...I can't make up my mind, I like them both!

I'm going to try it out and see what I think....
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:19 AM   #7
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I slip as if to knit and then slip as if to purl for only the reason as Amy said it was the "improved version". This is where I have learned everything with the exception of the basic knit and the basic purl, so I just follow whatever Amy says---Follow the knitting leader! :D
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I'm trying the knitwise/purlwise combo and I'm liking it. It's not a *huge* noticeable different from knitwise/knitwise, but I can definitely tell it's a tiny bit smoother.
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Old 02-13-2006, 10:40 AM   #9
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Confession: I don't slip. I knit two together through the back.

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Old 02-13-2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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I miss-interpreted the question and voted for the wrong option. But really, I slip knitwise twice and then knit.

It's naptime for me....
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