Ssk Vs. k2tog - What the diff?

I’m learning to knit my first sock (the Ann Norling design). And I’m confused as to why sometimes the decrease is a ssk and sometimes it is a k2tog.

How do these really differ?

there actually is a difference. when you decrease using the ssk, you are decreasing to the left (it will slant to the left). when you k2tog, you are decreasing to the right (it will slant right). does that make sense? hope so! :slight_smile:

It does! Thanks - I don’t think I ever realized…

K2tog and ssk slant opposite ways. But I think that s1, k1, psso ends up looking very, very similar to ssk :shrug:

there are lots of ways (depending on the style of knitting you employ) to make decreases.

some lean / some lean .

and you can use either…you can have a ‘strong’ decrease
or a feathered one…
here are 2 examples of strong (lower tier) and feathered,(2nd tier)

this samples shows PAIRED decreases --and paired (each side matches in style–and is different in technique) are considered superior to unpaired decreases.

i’ve been thinking the same question…
i’m making a bag and now it’s in decreasing process…ssk, k2tog…i just thought…why know both ssk, or k2tog?..ah, now i know…

thank you…very helpful topic!:cheering: