by Meg Bateman January 21, 2021 1 min read

Kelley is still knitting up a selection of baby garments and accessories! While working on a baby hood, she discovered a better way to make the SSK decrease to avoid a leaning decrease. This technique helps the decrease to better match the k2tog decrease!

Improve the Slip-Stitch-Knit Decrease

Photo of pink knitted yarn showing SSK and K2tog decreases

On the left, a standard SSK decrease and the k2tog decrease on the right. This trick will make the SSK decrease look more like the k2tog!

This method tightens up and evens out the SSK in many instances. It’s called the Slip Twist Purl. I first saw this technique on the Fancy Tiger Tutorial.

  • Slip stitch as if to knit
  • Pull extra yarn into the next stitch then slip it as if to purl through the back loop, turn work.
  • P2togtbl, turn work.
  • Slip 1 purlwise.

Meg Bateman
Meg Bateman



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