For the slip, slip knit decrease (ssk), you will first slip two stitches as if to knit. Insert left needle from left to right into the fronts of the two slipped stitches. Then, pull the working yarn through both stitches with the right-hand needle to knit them together.
The Slip, Slip, Knit creates a leftward-leaning decrease.
Below you will find both video and written guides to help you learn how to make slip, slip, knit decreases.
Video Guide: How to Make Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk) Decreases
Written Guides: How to Make Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk) Decreases
ssk, Step 1:
Slip two stitches knitwise with the yarn in back (sl2kwyib). To slip a stitch knitwise, hold the working yarn behind your stitches. Insert your needle into the live stitch as if to knit it (insert your left needle into the front leg of the stitch from the front to the back).
ssk, Step 2:
Do not work into a stitch that is being slipped. Instead, slide the stitch off the left needle and onto the right needle. Remember to slip two live stitches before moving on.
ssk, Step 3:
Insert your left-hand needle tip, from left to right, into the front legs of the two stitches you have just slipped onto your right-hand needle.
ssk, Step 4:
Bring the right-hand needle tip over the working yarn and begin to form a counterclockwise loop around it.
ssk, Step 5:
Pull the loop on your right-hand needle tip through the stitches on your left needle.
ssk, Step 6:
Slide the stitches you have just worked into off your left needle, allowing the new stitch to remain on your right needle. Because you have joined two stitches together, you will now have one less live stitch on your knitting needles.
Return to the Knitting Decreases Page to learn more decreases.
Practice With My Knitting Patterns
Ready to try it?
My Simple Knit Beanie hats are rounded at the top with decreases.
Now that you can decrease, you can make a hat. Next, I’ll show you how to take that hat off your needles and weave in your loose ends. This guide will help you end mitten tips, as well.