How to Slip Slip Knit (SSK) More Neatly

Does your k2tog look neater than your ssk? Depending on how you knit, this neater way to ssk may neaten up your decrease stitches – give it a try!

The Traditional SSK

I use this technique whenever a left-leaning decrease is required.


Step 1

Slip 2 stitches individually as if to knit.


Step 2

Insert left needle tip into the fronts of these 2 slipped stitches.


Step 3

Knit the 2 slipped stitches together; 1 stitch decreased. To neaten this decrease on the next round or row, work this stitch through the back loop.

Here are two tricks to try:

Neater Way To SSK – Trick One


Slip as if to knit, slip as if to PURL.

Place your left needle into the front of the slipped sts and knit them together. This helps the ssk’s to lay a little bit flatter.

Neater Way To SSK – Trick Two

If you want to go one step further to improve your ssk’s, try Trick Two which happens on the row/round following the ssk.


Step 1

On the RS work a ssk, either the traditional way or as in Trick One.


Step 2

In the following row/round:

  • If working flat, on next WS row: p through the back loop of the ssk from the previous row.
  • If working in the round: k through the back loop of the ssk from the previous round.



Hi Linda, We’re glad you found this useful! Cocoknits patterns don’t do decreases on the purl side, so Julie hasn’t had to come up with something to make purl decreases match. She finds that for reverse stockinette stitch, just doing p2tog works because they don’t lean as much as knit decreases. Hope that helps!


This is great and so much neater but can you tell me how to do it on a purl row please? A lot of my decreases have worked out to being on purl rows.


Awesome! Thank you Julie. I’m now using both of your tricks and it works great for me. The difference is remarkable.

Judy Schultz

Thanks so much Julie. What a great idea to knit that stitch through the back loop on the next row or round. Your tips are very helpful! Another way that I find helps to make the SSK lay flat is to slip the first stitch knit-wise and second stitch purl-wise, then knit them through the back loops as you said by placing the left needle through the front of the slipped stitches and knitting them together.

Happy New Year Julie and the Cocoknits team!

Kathi Byam

I discovered these methods recently! Especially nice when doing sock heels. Great to know, so decreases can be symmetrical.


Just shows us that the more you think you know, the more you need to learn! Love these tips 😊! Thank you!


Thanks for the tip


We’re so glad to hear that Irma – happy knitting!

Irma Bratten

Very helpful I am an experienced knitter but always try new techniques for me.

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