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Slip Slip Knit (ssk)

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These are great! Thanks for making videos. I have one question. Every tutorial I've ever seen for ssk teaches to slip both stitches knitwise. What is your reasoning behind slipping the second one purlwise? Does it change the shape or look of the stitch? Thanks!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Hi Jess,
Great question!

Like so many things in knitting, there are several ways to accomplish the same (or similar) thing. I like the looks of slipping one knitwise and then slipping one purlwise. Slipping both knitwise makes the decrease a bit tighter because you are twisting that second stitch as well as the first. This makes a more pronounced ridge of decreases.

Again, there are so many different ways to do each technique. I know even within our team of Purl Bee knitters we run the gamut; each with our own preferences. In time, hopefully we'll be able to expand on these different methods.

Thanks for asking!
August 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are great! I've been knitting for many years but never knew that you could do a SSK decrease in the manner that you show (which results in a less pronounced decrease).

I'd love to see some video tutorials on weaving in your ends and/or joining yarn, and also ways to finish or sew knitted pieces together. For me, that's been one of the biggest stumbling blocks to knitting sweaters. It would be awful to spend all that time knitting the pieces and then have the overall product look crummy because you didn't know how to put it together nicely.

As an aside, your shop is so cute -- it's a bummer that someone graffiti-ed the wall in your video. But I guess it gives you kind of an "urban grittiness!" :-)
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterToni

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