I’m working on a lace pattern and I’ve come across a version of ssk I’ve never seen. Instead of slip 2 individually knitwise, k through front loops, it’s slip one knitwise, slip one purlwise, k through back loops.
Two problems: 1) that only works if the ssk is preceded by a yo - and if it is, the yo isn’t an added stitch, it’s just part of the stitch holding the 2 slipped stitches, 2) if it isn’t preceded by a yo the result is just a group of crossed strands creating nothing recognizable as a stitch, so with those I’ve just been doing the usual k through the front loops…
But the first problem results in a loss of stitches. I counted all the increases (yo’s) and decreases (k2tog & ssk) in a particular row and found that there are (supposedly) 8 increases and 8 decreases - but because the yo’s get included in the yo/ssk stitches, there are actually only 4 increases.
Is anyone familiar with this kind of ssk? Is it literally a ‘s1 knitwise, s1 purlwise, k through back loops’ or is there some special trick I don’t know about?
And I keep wondering, why kwise & pwise, and why through the back loops? What about that kind of stitch will be different from a standard ssk? Does it make the left lean more angled or something?
Anyone who knows, I would love to hear from you!