Basic Left-Slanting Decrease (SSK) [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Learn How to Make a Basic Left-Slanting Decrease (SSK)

Text area which says "Decrease Tutorials: Basic Left-Slanting Decrease (SSK)  ," followed by a drawing of a two stitches being knitted at the same timeThe ssk is the decrease that is a pair to the k2tog. In fact, it is a single, left-slanting decrease.

Ssk is the abbreviation for slip one, slip one, knit two together.

Just like the k2tog, the ssk is a decrease you often see in knitting patterns.

Furthermore, it is often found in lace patterns. Then, it is commonly paired with a yarnover as it ensures that the number of working stitches in your knitting project does not increase.

As a decrease, it is often used at the end of a row. However, it can also be applied anywhere within a knitting project.

Actually, when paired with the k2tog, it can be used for narrowing your fabric at both ends at the same time and thus shaping it.

If you are not familiar with the k2tog, you can find a step-by-step tutorial here: Basic Right-Slanting Decrease (K2tog)

In this tutorial, you need slip stitches. If you are not sure about how to slip stitches correctly, you can find a great tutorial here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise


  • Decreases the number of working stitches by one stitch
  • It is a left-leaning decrease

Ideal for

  • Tapering your fabric on the right side of the fabric by decreasing at the end of a knit row
  • Reducing your working stitches by one stitch at the end of a row
  • Shaping fabric when paired with a k2tog
  • Adjusting for a yarnover in lace patterns

Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make a SSK Decrease

Start by knitting to where you want your decrease.

SSK Tutorial Step 1: Hands knitting where the decrease will be.

Ensure that you have the working yarn at the back of your project.

SSK Tutorial Step 2: Hands knitting while keeping the working yarn at the back of the project.

Slip 1 stitch knitwise from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle.

SSK Tutorial Step 3: One stitch slipped from the left to the right-hand needle.

Then, slip 1 more stitch knitwise from the left needle onto the right needle.

SSK Tutorial Step 4: Another stitch slipped from the left to the right-hand needle.

Insert the left-hand needle into the front of the 2 slipped stitches as shown. You should now have both knitting needles inserted into the 2 slipped stitches.

SSK Tutorial Step 5: Left-hand needle inserted in the two slipped stitches on the right-hand needle.

Keeping both needles inside the slipped stitches, wrap the working yarn under and then over the right-hand needle.

SSK Tutorial Step 6: Right-hand wrapping the working yarn around the right-hand needle.

Pull the working yarn through the 2 slipped stiches. You have now knitted through both stitches at the same time and turned them into 1 stitch.

SSK Tutorial Step 7: The working yarn pulled through the two slipped stitches from the right-hand needle to the left, producing one stitch.

You can now drop the 2 stitches from the left-hand needle.

SSK Tutorial Step 8: The two slipped stitches dropped form the left-hand needle.

One Comment

  1. yvonne van Staden

    i want to thank u for all the tips and beautiful patterns
    appreciate all the free patterns

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