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May 31, 2013 07:43:26   #
Jaymacphe
 
Hurricane wrote:
It does make a difference to which way the decrease slants. Always use the decrease the pattern tells you, you won't be disappointed in the results that way.


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May 31, 2013 07:49:39   #
roseknit (a regular here)
 
Knit two together through back of loops
May 31, 2013 07:53:23   #
Pam in LR
 
Knit two togetherrrrrrrrrrrr = right.
Slllllip, sllllllip knit = left.
May 31, 2013 08:16:25   #
RobbiD (a regular here)
 
stelli wrote:
If the pattern says SSK, would it make a difference if I just K2tog? It's so much easier to K2tog but if it makes a difference in the sweater I'm knitting, of course I'll do the SSK.
Thanks.


As everyone else has said, it does make a difference in the slant of the finished stitch. If you, like me, just think it is easier to just k2tog, you can k2tog through the back loops. That will give it the same slant as a ssk, and without slipping the stitches back and forth. Hope this helps. :)
May 31, 2013 08:34:25   #
dwr
 
After reading some of these posts, I'm wondering if I'm doing my SSKs correctly. I slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit, and then knit through the two stitches together through the BACK loops. Should I be knitting them through the front instead?
May 31, 2013 08:48:07   #
farmknitter
 
I agree with you. I was taught by a lovely lady from Holland. She said that she felt the ssk made the slipped stitch too loose and like the knit two through the back loop just as well. It gives a neater appearance and achieves the same slant as the ssk.
 
May 31, 2013 08:50:51   #
ginnyM1W2A3
 
Colorado knits wrote:
When you knit two together, the point of your needle is pointed to your right. You can use that image to remember that K2tog slants right.


Thanks for a great tip, will make it much easier to remember the direction of the slant.
This is the reason I love KP, learn something every day.
May 31, 2013 09:11:03   #
missvonniev
 
I love this page for increases/decreases: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases

Or this one: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATtheresa.html

There's a substitute for ssk that I always use, sl 1, k 1, psso. I find it much easier.
May 31, 2013 09:34:31   #
sharmend (a regular here)
 
Moondancermel wrote:
You can K2tog instead of SSK but you need to do it through the back of the loops to make it lay in the right direction. :P


I have always done it this way and lately wondered where and why I got this information. Thanks for confirming this and yes, it is certainly much easier!
May 31, 2013 09:38:46   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
 
I have written Colorado knits answer in my notebook. this KP person may now take a bow...
Banzai! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
BTW, thanks. I usually get the two mixed up and I can't tell you howmany times I have made the substitution of k2tog for SSK and had to rip it out to fix---sometimes whole rows down. Ouch!
May 31, 2013 10:14:47   #
Hurricane
 
I never realized knitting two together through the back loops would achieve the same results. Handy piece of information to have.
 
May 31, 2013 13:34:17   #
heidisoma
 
sharmend wrote:
I have always done it this way and lately wondered where and why I got this information. Thanks for confirming this and yes, it is certainly much easier!


Yes, I always knit two together through back loop. I do knit continental style so it is very easy.
May 31, 2013 13:48:09   #
kittyknit
 
It will make a difference in your pattern...the slant is different.
May 31, 2013 14:03:43   #
Colorado knits
 
Dsynr wrote:
I have written Colorado knits answer in my notebook. this KP person may now take a bow...
Banzai! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
BTW, thanks. I usually get the two mixed up and I can't tell you howmany times I have made the substitution of k2tog for SSK and had to rip it out to fix---sometimes whole rows down. Ouch!


Thanks. I've written this before, but I was taught by a yarn shop owner in a socks class to do SSK this way (it lies flatter):
-- Slip 1 as if to knit
-- Slip 1 as if to purl
-- Knit together.

It's the only way I've done it for years.
May 31, 2013 14:29:45   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
Colorado knits wrote:
When you knit two together, the point of your needle is pointed to your right. You can use that image to remember that K2tog slants right.


How clever!! Thanks for the tip, maybe now I can keep them straight.
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