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How to Knit the Slip Slip Slip Knit Double Decrease (SSSK)

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This video will help you learn how to knit the slip slip slip knit (sssk) decrease. This technique is used to remove two stitches from your knitting at one time and help shape your work. You will need to know how to decrease in order to knit hats, sweaters, and some mittens and gloves. This particular decrease technique has a left leaning slant and is used with the knit three together (k3tog), which slants right, to keep your decrease balanced when doing shaping on a garment.

Skill: Intermediate

Abbreviation: sssk

Step 1: Work your pattern until you reach two stitches before the stitch you want to decrease.

Step 2: Slip the first stitch off the main needle onto your working needle.

Step 3: Slip the next stitch off the main needle onto your working needle.

Step 4: Slip the next stitch off the main needle onto your working needle.

Step 5: Insert your main needle knitwise into the three stitches that were slipped onto your working needle.

Step 6: Wrap your working yarn over your working needle (the needle on the bottom) and pull the yarn toward you through all the stitches with your working needle.

Step 7: Slip all the stitches off the main needle.

Example of the Slip Slip Slip Knit Double Decrease

Example of the Slip Slip Slip Knit Double Decrease

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Comments

  1. Lynn D

    February 1, 2013

    Hi
    Was reading an older issue of Spin Off magazine and someone had SSSK.
    Thank you for the vid of how to do this.
    Would your written out steps be for #2… slip of knitwise to right needle
    and for #6- is that knitwise or knit thru back loop of all 3 sliped stitches at once as
    k3tog tb?
    Thanks
    now want to see what happens if try slipping thru back .

    • Johnny Vasquez

      February 1, 2013

      I’m not sure what you mean by #2 or #6. From the sound of it #6 is not actually a SSSK. It has the same outcome, but it is a different way of performing a double left slanting decrease.