Do your k2tog’s look neater than your ssk’s? Depending on how you knit, this neater way to ssk may neaten up your decrease stitches — give it a try!
The Traditional ssk
slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit.
Place your left needle into the fronts of the slipped sts and knit them together. In this photo you can see the right-leaning k2tog on the right lays flatter than the left-leaning ssk running up the left side of the decreases. The ssk’s are a little looser and sloppy looking.
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.
- On the RS work a ssk, either the traditional way or as in Trick One.
- 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.