How To SSK Slip Slip Knit Decrease Knitting Tutorial

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Learn how to knit the ssk, or slip, slip, knit decrease method. This tutorial includes written instructions and step by step pictures for making ssk knit decreases.

The ssk is a left-leaning decrease. It’s the mirror image of the k2tog, knit two together which is a right-leaning decrease.

These two simple knit decreases are the perfect match when shaping your knitting projects like a tapered sleeve as shown here.

Sleeve with ssk decreases.
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The are different ways of decreasing the number of stitches and they result in stitches that lean in different directions. The ssk is a right leaning decrease. It works well when you are working in stockinette stitch and decrease stitches are on the right side.

Since k2tog decreases are opposite to ssk decreases you can create a balanced look, especially with visible decreases on the knit side.

Written Instructions

The first step to making a ssk is to slip the first two stitches knit-wise (both needle tips will face the same direction as you insert it), from the left-hand needle to the right. The slipped stitch is twisted, similar to knitting through the back loops.

Now to make these two into a single stitch, you’re going to insert the left needle into both the loops on your right needle (here the needle tips face opposite directions). This puts your needles in position to knit these two.

Wrap the working yarn over the right needle and pull through the loop, sliding it off on to the working needle. Now the stitch count has one less knit stitch.

Be sure to check out the step by step picture tutorial below.


Watch the video tutorial with slow-motion of this knitting decrease technique.

Sleeve with ssk decreases.

How To SSK Decrease

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to make the ssk or slip slip knit decrease. This is a left-leaning decrease that is the mirror image of the k2tog.


  • Your knitting project that calls for a ssk decrease.


  • Knitting needles and yarn.


    Insert your right-hand needle into the first stitch knit-wise, Insert right needle tip knit wise in first stitch.

    Then slide it off on to the right needle.

    And then we’ll do the same on the second stitch. Two stitches slid onto right hand needle.

    Now insert your left needle tip into both stitches.

    Then yarn over, Left needle in to loops, yarn wrapped over right needle.

    And pull that loop through both,Knit the two loops.

    Next slide it off your needle.

    Now you have knit those 2 stitches together for the slip, slip, knit.

    Knit the next stitch normally, and continue to finish your knit row.

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