Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Slip Slip Knit (SSK) & Slip Slip Purl (SSP) Decreases

Slip slip knit (SSK) and slip slip purl (SSP) are knitting methods of decreasing. Both methods create a slope to the left on the face of the fabric (these decreases slant to the left). We can make these decreases at certain points on any row according to the requirement of the pattern. Usually, we make SSK decrease on a knit row and SSP decrease on a purl row.

Slip Slip Knit (SSK)

Knit to the point where the pattern tells you to decrease. Here, I will start to make a decrease from the first stitch for your easy reference.

1. Insert the right needle knitwise into the first stitch on the left needle and slip the stitch from the left needle onto the right needle without working it. Repeat step no. 1 to slip the second stitch from the left to the right needle.

2. Now, there are two stitches have been slipped onto the the right needle.

3. Insert the left needle into the front legs of these two stitches from left to right.

4. Knit them together.

5. One stitch is decreased.

Slip Slip Purl (SSP)

1. In the same way as SSK, slip two stitches knitwise onto the right needle one at a time.

2. Insert the left needle into the front legs of the two slipped stitches from left to right and then return the two stitches to the left needle.

3.&4. Purl the two stitches together through the back loops.

5. One stitch is decreased.

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