All I’ve found is this…
“ate: Sat, 08 Jun 2002 11:57:28 -0500
From: “Meg Swansen” <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Knit U: SSK mystery
> I’ve seen a couple of SSK tips recently that twist the second stitch,
> is not symmetrical with the k2tog construction, unless I’m missing
> something. Am I missing something?
When I ssk the Barbara Walker way, I get a very slight stair-stepping
However, if I slip the 2nd stitch as if to purl, the twist tucks the second
stitch more effectively behind the lead stitch which results in a smoother
left-leaning line … for me, at any rate.
This goes to the difficulty of achieving exact mirror-images of, say, the L
and R sides of a Fishbone cable, or a Bavarian Twisted stitch travelling L
and R. The addition of a twist in the second ssk stitch seems to compensate
for (my) knitting not behaving in real life as it (quote) should, according
That’s from http://www.knittinguniverse.com/xrx/community/KnitU_Detail.php?DigestNumber=2066
I think the lead stitch is probably just the very first stitch on the needle if you’re knitting plainly, or it may refer specifically to the first stitch that is involved in a decrease, increase, or any stitch pattern.