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What does 'ssk' mean?
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Nov 11, 2011 11:01:45   #
DebraPryor
 
STITCHES USED
Yarn over (yo)
K1, p1 rib
Stockinette stitch (St st)
Open and Closed Fans (multiple of 9 sts + 2)
Rnd 1: K2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: K1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * around, ending with k1.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Repeat Rnds 1-4 for Open and Closed Fan st.

This is part of a pattern for socks, but I've no idea what 'ssk' means.... can anyone help?
 
Nov 11, 2011 11:21:08   #
pamgillies1
 
Go to search above, these terms should be posted there.
Nov 11, 2011 11:22:53   #
YarnLady
 
ssk means "slip slip knit".

Yarnlady
Nov 11, 2011 11:23:26   #
black kitty
 
slip two stitches one at a time, knit 2 slipped stitches together. You are decreasing 1 stitch. I have a shawl that I am working on which requires that I do that. I am so grateful for the great knitting books I bought myself. Good luck
Nov 11, 2011 11:32:10   #
DebraPryor
 
Thanks Yarnlady

pamgillies, I hadn't seen the 'search' option above, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction, however even that provides such a wide variety of options, I'm not a lot wiser.

I'm used to 's1, k1, psso' which is what some people do, so I'll probably stick with that and see how it comes out.
Nov 11, 2011 11:35:12   #
Loistec
 
Hello in London, here is a wonderful reference for stitches:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases
 
Nov 11, 2011 11:39:34   #
RookieRetiree (a regular here)
 
ssk - slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit to right needle (assuming right-handed) - then slip stitches backto left needle and knit through back two loops.

Version 2: slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit to right needle, then slip left needle through both stitches and knit a stitch.

I think either way is acceptable.

YouTube has some wonderful tutorials --- check them out.
Nov 11, 2011 11:48:49   #
Howdi95
 
DebraPryor wrote:
STITCHES USED
Yarn over (yo)
K1, p1 rib
Stockinette stitch (St st)
Open and Closed Fans (multiple of 9 sts + 2)
Rnd 1: K2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: K1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * around, ending with k1.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Repeat Rnds 1-4 for Open and Closed Fan st.

This is part of a pattern for socks, but I've no idea what 'ssk' means.... can anyone help?


If you are from London UK, "ssk" is really: "knit 2 tog thro back loop". That's why the pattern says: ssk, k2tog. You slip 1 stitch onto the right hand needle, then you slip the next stitch as well. Then you push the left hand needle thro the front loops of the 2 stitches you've slipped onto the right hand needle and knit them together. (This is the explanation of "ssk" in the American pattern book I bought.) I did all this and realised it was another way of saying "k2tog tbl".
Nov 11, 2011 12:11:49   #
Carol J.
 
There is no difference between ssk and sl 1 k 1 pssao, when doing the ssk you are slipping two stitches as if to knit to the right needle,put them back onto the left and knit together through the back loops or slip 1 as if to knit, k 1 and pull the slipped stitch over the knit stitch. The result is the top thread slants to the left.
When you k 2 together, the top thread slants to the right as you would like it to look on a raglan sleeve top and the body of the sweater, makes a nice design for decreasing the end of a cap too or the toe of a sock.

There is a method to this madness and you will soon learn to do as the pattern says and read your work. There is no substitute for experience, one step at a time is all you can take. Look for a knitting book with pictures of how to do the work.

Carol J.
Nov 11, 2011 14:36:58   #
DebraPryor
 
Howdi95 wrote:
DebraPryor wrote:
STITCHES USED
Yarn over (yo)
K1, p1 rib
Stockinette stitch (St st)
Open and Closed Fans (multiple of 9 sts + 2)
Rnd 1: K2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: K1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * around, ending with k1.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Repeat Rnds 1-4 for Open and Closed Fan st.

This is part of a pattern for socks, but I've no idea what 'ssk' means.... can anyone help?


If you are from London UK, "ssk" is really: "knit 2 tog thro back loop". That's why the pattern says: ssk, k2tog. You slip 1 stitch onto the right hand needle, then you slip the next stitch as well. Then you push the left hand needle thro the front loops of the 2 stitches you've slipped onto the right hand needle and knit them together. (This is the explanation of "ssk" in the American pattern book I bought.) I did all this and realised it was another way of saying "k2tog tbl".
quote=DebraPryor STITCHES USED br Yarn over (yo) ... (show quote)


THANK YOU SO MUCH...
I use this quite a lot already on patterns I make up , as it gives the opposing 'lay' to K2tog... Now it makes sense
I owe you one!
Debra x
Nov 11, 2011 14:40:01   #
DebraPryor
 
Thank you too to everyone who has responded

I shall also check out the various videos suggested if that looks like k2tog tbl I shall be a very happy bunny again.
 
Nov 11, 2011 15:43:35   #
abc123retired
 
I slip 1 as if to knit and slip 1 as if to purl-not my idea, but one I found on the web. It gives a very nice lay to this left facing decrease. K2TBL doesn't do it as nicely.
Nov 11, 2011 18:32:44   #
RookieRetiree (a regular here)
 
abc123retired wrote:
I slip 1 as if to knit and slip 1 as if to purl-not my idea, but one I found on the web. It gives a very nice lay to this left facing decrease. K2TBL doesn't do it as nicely.


I'm going to try this one - I know that slipping as if to knit twists the stitch - so one twisted stitch and one un-twisted stitch should be a neutral (neither left or right facing)decrease?! Makes sense to me - sounds like a new rock group - "twisted stitches".
Nov 11, 2011 18:40:20   #
smoqui
 
Actually, the thread that ends up on top when you are finished is what determines the lean of the decrease. The pattern has one left leaning followed by one right leaning, to make a sort of mini V shape. Presumably it works into part of the pattern.

Another way to do the ssk is to slip two stitches as if to knit, then, insert the left needle into the stitches from the left, and just knit them off as you usually would. Once you get the hang of it, it's really simple.
Nov 11, 2011 18:46:05   #
DebraPryor
 
I can see I shall have to play with the different options to see which one gives the best result......Tomorrow!

It's nearly midnight here, and my bed is calling...
Night all!
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