Beginners Question on Slipping

Greetings all! I am just starting to teach myself to knit, and working off a small pattern when I came across the direction “YO, Slip 1, K2tog”. I was wondering if I am reading this correct.

Here I would yarn over, then slip a stitch from the left needle to the right, then knit 2 together… or should I yarn over, slip the needle from the left needle to the right, insert the left needle into the front of the slipped stitch and knit, then knit 2 together?

I hope I have made my question clear enough for everyone to understand. Thanks for the help!

your first interpretation was the right one… you don’t knit the slipped stitch once you have slipped it, usually you then pass it over the k2tog to create the start of a lace pattern.

Hope that helps :muah:

Thanks for the information! However, how would you pass it over the K2tog without making a crossed loop on the needles? I am trying to get this done correctly, but it looks a bit weird…

hmmm, a crossed loop… does this mean it looks like an ‘x’? It should be leaning towards your left needle, at about 45 degrees. I guess it could look crossed if you are pulling the stitch you are slipping over in the opposite direction with the right needle, but after you’ve knitted more, it shouldn’t look crossed. Any chance of a pic, i’m not sure if i’m interpretting you right… :shrug:

edit: sorry, you pass it over just like you would when you bind a stitch off, by picking it up with the left needle and bringing it over the stitch in front.

I would love to post a picture, but my camera just ran out of batteries… :wall:

The stitch on the loop did look like an “X” after the first few tries… with the Yarn crossing over the slipped stitch to form the “x”. Then I got an idea. Did you mean to slip the stitch, k2tog, and then pass the k2tog over the slipped stitch similar to a PSSO?

I am probably making this way more complicated than it should be, but I haven’t been able to find any information that shows this.

no, you yo, sl1, k2tog, then pass slipped stitch over the k2tog… i would wager that it’s your yo right next door that is creating the x effect, sometimes happens to me, i look back on my work and go, what the devil is that, what did i do, oohhh… it’s just my yarn over. To see if this theory is correct, you would have to do the next row and knit them up, to see if this pulls them into place, hence opening up the holes.

I hope i am on the right tangent here!! someone else is probably gonna come in and go, no silly, they mean this… and i’m just gonna slap my head.

:notworthy: Thanks for the help! I think it was the YO that made me do the double take. When I went back the next row it snapped into place. I was sure it the ole “slip 1”, but I guess I was looking at things a bit off.

Now, the final test… is the “slip 1” a form of decrease since it is being taken over the following stitch?

It would help to know what comes before and after “YO, Slip 1, K2tog”, if anything. That little bit of direction in itself will create a pattern without doing a PSSO (pass slipped stitch over). It’s called Brioche Stitch, and doing it throughout creates a very soft, cushy fabric. The PSSO is one form of decreasing.

Good Luck,


it’s not really, it’s a bit hard to explain, maybe someone more capable will do a better job, but here goes…

imagine your lace pattern goes: k, yo, k2, sli1, k2tog, psso, k2, YO, k, etc… the second yarn over, in caps, makes up for the loss of a stitch, so in other words, you usually find 2 yo in a pattern series, and if you add the stitches at each row they are the same. BUT, having said that, this doesn’t apply to all lace patterns, so i guess, yeah, sometimes it could be a kind of decrease.

I guess I might be a little crazy… in the pattern

“k, yo, k2, sli1, k2tog, psso, k2, YO, k” does the sli1, k2tog, and psso act to decrease the amount of stiches? Or, is the k2tog and PSSO the only decreases?

The pattern I am using goes. K1, SSK, YO, SSK, K6, YO, SSK, K4, YO, slip 1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K2, K2tog, YO, K9, YO, SSK, K5, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K1. It should decrease the work from 45 stitches to 43 stitches.

I must just have a block in my mind that is preventing me to see things the correct way. I would again like to thank everyone for their help and patience.

Check out the video here for SKP (sl 1, k1, psso), it’s similar to the SK2P which is sl1, k2tog, psso stitch. It shows how to slip and pass the slipped stitch over:

Be sure that you are slipping the first stitch knitwise.

:roflhard: I was outside taking my dog for a walk and had an epiphany… I finally put everything together in my head! Thanks for all of the information and help. You all helped make it finally click!!!

Cool on that
now if you can learn to knit WHILE walking the dog you will be able to learn while IN practice