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 lie 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.



Thank you so much, I was very confused, haven’t come across SSK before. I’ve been knitting since I was 8 years old, I am now 75!

Rose Mongeau

Thank you so much for a great explanation.

Judy Seaman

Thank you! Both methods made a big difference!

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