What Does Ssk in Knitting Mean?

If you’re a knitter, you’ve probably seen the letters “ssk” on patterns and wondered what they mean. Here’s a quick explanation of what “ssk” stands for and how to do it.

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What does SSK in knitting mean?

The letters SSK on a knitting pattern stand for “slip, slip, knit.” This is a left-leaning decrease that is worked over two stitches. The SSK decrease can be worked with any number of stitches, but it is most commonly used with stockinette stitch or garter stitch.

To work the SSK decrease, you will first need to slip two stitches individually from the left needle to the right needle as if to knit. Then, insert the left needle into the fronts of both slipped stitches and knit them together as one stitch. You will have decreased your stitch count by one stitch.

How to SSK in knitting

The SSK is a left-leaning decrease that is worked over two stitches. It is typically used to decrease the width of a piece of knitting, or to create a decorative element.

To work the SSK, you will first need to slip one stitch as if to knit, then slip a second stitch as if to purl. Next, insert your left needle into the front loops of both stitches and knit them together.

The difference between SSK and K2tog

The two most common decreases used in knitting are the SSK (slip, slip, knit) and the K2tog (knit two together). Both of these decreases will lean to the right when worked on the right side of the fabric, and to the left when worked on the wrong side.

The main difference between these two decreases is that the SSK create a left-leaning decrease, while the K2tog creates a right-leaning decrease. So if you’re working a pattern that has you decrease every other row on the right side, you would use an SSK on one row and a K2tog on the next.

Another difference between these two decreases is that SSK creates a slipped stitch on each side of the decrease, while K2tog only has one slipped stitch. This can create a slightly different visual effect when worked in rows, but it’s not usually a big deal.

How to use SSK to decrease stitches

The SSK stitch is a left-leaning decrease that uses two stitches. This creates a slanted edge when worked over several rows or rounds, as opposed to the k2tog which creates a more vertical line. To work this stitch, you will slip two stitches knitwise (as if to knit), then insert your left needle into the fronts of those two slipped stitches and knit them together.

5 easy SSK knitting patterns

The SSK knitting stitch is a left-leaning decrease that’s made by slipping two stitches knitwise onto the right needle, then knitting them together through the back loops. See how to work it with our step-by-step photos and video.

SSK in ribbing

When you see SSK in a knitting pattern, it’s generally referring to a decrease stitch that is worked over two stitches. This particular decrease leans to the left, which is why it’s often paired with the k2tog (knit two together) decrease, which leans to the right. When these two decreases are worked together in ribbing, they help keep the fabric from curling.

SSK in garter stitch

When you see “ssk” in a knitting pattern, it simply means to slip, slip, knit. This creates a left-leaning decrease, which is especially nice in garter stitch because it doesn’t create a hole like other decreases might. To work an ssk, you first slip the next two stitches onto your right needle as if to knit. Then, insert your left needle into the fronts of those two slipped stitches and knit them together. You’ve now decreased by one stitch!

SSK in stockinette stitch

In stockinette stitch, the SSK (slip, slip, knit) decrease slants to the right. (This is the opposite of the K2tog decrease, which slants to the left.)

To work a SSK decrease, you’ll slip two stitches knitwise (one at a time) onto your right needle. Then, insert your left needle into the front loops of those two slipped stitches and knit them together.

SSK in seed stitch

Ssk stands for “seed stitch.” It’s a basic stitch that looks like a little “x” on the right side of the fabric and creates a nice, textured fabric.

SSK in the round

When knitting in the round, SSK (slip, slip, knit) is a left-leaning decrease that can be used to shape your knitting. To work SSK, slip two stitches knitwise onto your right-hand needle. Then, insert your left-hand needle into the front loops of those two slipped stitches and knit them together.

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