Help with ssk

hello - I’m doing a lacy pattern for a scarf and one of the instructions is ‘ssk - slip one stitch knitwise, one stitch purlwise and then knit them together through the back loops’.

I understand the words, I understand how to slip the stitches, but after I’ve slipped them then they’re on the other needles so how do I knit into them? Or am I just too stupid to knit lacy patterns?

many thanks for any help.

I’m sorry, I’ve done a classic newbie thing and not searched this excellent site properly before posting my question. I have now found the video that explains this technique. sorry for not doing a decent search. Hope to be able to contribute in future.

Heidikraut

Welcome-- and no question is ever too stupid! If after watching the video you still have trouble, don’t hesitate to post more questions! And by the way, it’s not you: almost every explanation for SSK neglects to tell you that you then have to slip the sts back to the left needle so that you can now knit them.

Or you can just insert the left needle into the front of the sts and knit them that way. Same thing…

And by the way, it’s not you: almost every explanation for SSK neglects to tell you that you then have to slip the sts back to the left needle so that you can now knit them.

I suppose that could work somehow, but I have never done this. I do it like Suzeeq.

Yeah, since you have to slip to the left needle anyway, it’s just as easy and is one step less, to just put the left needle in the front and wrap the yarn around the right needle.

I’ve been told that an easy way to do a ssk is to k2tog through the back loop. Is this method right?

As a general rule, which method is better to use: the slip, slip, knit or the ssk (improved)?

When you knit 2tog tbl, it slants the same way, but the sts will be twisted.

Same with the `improved’ ssk - the 2nd st will be twisted. Though people use it because of the twist - it makes the sts tighter than if both are slipped knitwise.

I’m now rattling along with the ssk and it has evolved naturally into me slipping into the front of the stitches in the way that suzeeq mentioned. This is fab me sitting here in Germany discussing knitting with people in Wyoming and Guatamala and everywhere else.

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Isn’t it, though?! And what’s more, you get a bunch of different methods and you get to pick which works best for you. Win-win!:slight_smile:

It gets better, we have had folks post from Finland, Japan,Korea and Russia.