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Old 04-28-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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ugly SSK
I am almost done with the pair of Teosinte Socks already, but my SSKs are just loose and wonky and I'd really like to cast-on for these again with some new yarn I got on my trip. I tried doing SKP instead, also tried K2tog tbl (which I know twists the stitches) and also tried slipping the first st pwise 2nd kwise, but all seemed to give the same result. I found a clip of Cat Bordhi with a "hungry stitch" recommendation, but unfortunately, the nature of this lace pattern sort of prohibits the use of this method. (There's no K rows in between the pattern rows and the yo SSKs just about overlap each other.) Washing/blocking didn't really fix it either. :( Any other thoughts?

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:51 PM   #2
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SSK is usually done slipping both stitches knitwise, but the other version I've heard of and use slips the first stitch knitwise and the second stitch purlwise. You said you slipped the first stitch purlwise and the second one knitwise. Was that just a slip (is this pun-like?) up or did you really do it that way? Try to do whatever you do quite gently, not stretching anything out as you perform the action. I find I can get a big looking stitch especially with the skp if I am heavy handed.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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I'm not really a fan of ssk especially if it's combined with k2tog as a paired decrease. They look too different.

I've found that this method SYTK works pretty well and is the least obvious so far. This is part three of the series of methods she shows.
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/200...decreases.html

If you want to see the others scroll down to Stitches, increases, decreases and you'll see the other four pages.
http://techknitter.blogspot.com/2006...gblogspot.html
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:50 PM   #4
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I'm intrigued by the SYTK and looking forward to trying it, but you know, I'm spoiled by videos. I am in the midst of the heel turn on the second sock, but I'm sure it will make more sense when I actually have knitting in my hands with the diagrams. Thanks a bunch!

And I think I did have the kwise/pwise slipping backwards, not an accident. :(
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:56 PM   #5
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It is actually really easy...simply put...
SYTK is Slip Yank Twist Knit.

Really all you are doing is sliping the first stitch purlwise
Yanking the next stitch to loosen it up a bit
Twisting the right leg forward on the left needle
and knitting the two stitches together...

Essentially, it just means reorienting the second stitch....easy peasy, if I have a chance tomorrow, I will try and do a you tube for it...
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Really all you are doing is sliping the first stitch purlwise
I think you're supposed to slip that knitwise, and it's the next st that you 'yank' is purlwise. Then you twist the 2nd st, etc. It seems more convoluted to me than a straight ssk, or even skp.
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huh...what do you know you are right, I have been doing that wrong...LOL...
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I think you're supposed to slip that knitwise, and it's the next st that you 'yank' is purlwise. Then you twist the 2nd st, etc. It seems more convoluted to me than a straight ssk, or even skp.
Yep, that's correct I think. It is more convoluted, but I like the look better usually. Once you get the hang of it it can go quickly.
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the twist part is where i'm mixed up, is it twisting like a normal twisted stitch or the opposite way?
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You twist it purlwise tbl, then when you knit it, seems to have a double twist in it. Steps 3c and d on the Techknitting blog show the twist.
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