Basic Knitted Paired Decreases: SSK & K2tog

3

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:

Paired decreases set up

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:

ssk

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.

Knit two together

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!

Basic knitted paired decreases

Share
  1. Sheila
    Sheila12-03-2009

    Here’s what my Mum taught me to do instead of the “slip, slip knit”, it’s much more straight forward – she just knit two together through back of loops. No slipping stitches that could possibly be dropped and you don’t have to waste time slipping the stitches first only to knit them together anyway. You get the same result, a left leaning decrease. Much faster.

    Cheers.

  2. Maven
    Maven12-03-2009

    Actually, I thought that was the case myself! However, while watching the Elizabeth Zimmermann Workshop DVD I found that they are not the same; SSK is somewhat tighter and blends in a little bit better. I did a blog post on it a while ago… I was so disappointed that the technique I ‘invented’ was already discovered! You are right though, it is an alternative, and for some purposes, completely unnoticeable!

  3. refhyvi
    refhyvi12-20-2010

    ” 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).”
    You can see more?

Leave a Reply

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit pretium urna quis tortor consectetur et pretium elit