Basic Knitted Paired Decreases: SSK & K2tog
There are tons of decreases available for your knitting pleasure; there are those where two or more stitches are knitted together, those where a stitch is passed over other stitches and those where there is a combination of increases and decreases worked at the same time to create a pattern. My goal over the next couple of weeks is to look closely at as many of them as I can find. The first is the most basic knitted paired decrease: K2tog and SSK. By knitted I mean worked on the knit side of the fabric only, by paired I mean that there is one that leans right, one that leans left and they match (more or less).
I begin by placing markers where I would like the increases to be:
Left leaning decrease: SSK
The most basic left leaning decrease is the ‘Slip, Slip Knit’. Slip one stitch knitwise, slip another stitch knitwise, poke the source needle into the two slipped stitches and then work as if to knit (the working needle will be in exactly the right place to knit). This photo shows the needles right after slipping the two stitches and before knitting:
Right leaning decrease: K2tog
The most basic right leaning decrease is the ‘Knit Two Together’. In other words, knitting two stitches at the same time instead of just one.
All together now!
Here is a little video that demonstrates both stitches in action.
And this is the end result. Rather matchy aren’t they!