Decreasing 101

Ok, just a basic run down for me. I am trying to whip up a tank top for my kid. I am to the part where I need to decrease. Would it go like this?

K1 - SSK - knit last 3 - k2tog - Knit 1
Purl next row

Continue to end???

Is that how it works?

ssk should be on the right edge as it faces you

k2tog should be on the left edge as it faces you

This is from Wiseman’s book, not just me. I can never remember which goes where.

Ok, I had to frog it. I was right, it just looked weird. The left slant looked normal, the right, not so much. Should I be slipping the first stitch or just going ahead and using it as part of the decrease?

Actually in the book she has pictures to demonstrate the decreases and she uses a two-stitch seam allowance, then the ssk on the right side. On the left she has work till four st are left, k2tog, k2.

Hmmm maybe that is my problem then… I don’t have anything to seem up.

Oooh also, do I work the decreases on wrong side or right side?

Right side, usually. You can work them on both sides if you want a really dramatic slant. For a normal one though, on the knit side.