How to slip slip knit (ssk)

Published on March 6, 2019 2 min read

The slip slip knit is a knitting technique for those looking to take their knitting skills to the next level. If you’ve mastered the knit stitch and are happy knitting simple angular scarves and classic baby blankets then read no further! However, if you would like to learn how to create shape and curves in your knitted fabric and take on more intermediate knitting projects the slip slip knit is your (surprisingly simple) next move that is a knitting game changer!

What is slip slip knit?

Slip slip knit (ssk) is a left-leaning decrease method. To ssk you simply reduce the number of stitches in your row of knitting by slipping 2 stitches knitwise from your left-hand needle onto your right-hand needle. Then, you slide the tip of the left-hand needle into both of those stitches knitting them together. Let’s do this!

How to slip slip knit (ssk)


Slip your stitches. Slip two stitches knitwise, one after the other. Which means you slip two stitches from your left-hand needle onto your right hand needle.


Slide your stitches. Now slide the left-hand needle into the front loops of the stitches that you have just slipped.

Pro Tip

Slip, slip, purl, abbreviated as ssp, sees the same steps carried out, except you purl instead of knit at the end.


Wrap the yarn. Bring the yarn around the right-hand needle.


Knit together. Like knitting magic, there you have it, one stitch where there was two. Your knitting pattern will instruct you exactly how many ssk’s you need to make.

Pro Tip

Did you know that the k2tog is a right leaning decrease which means when you apply both ssk and k2tog to your knitting pattern you even out the fabric? Great stuff!

When to use slip slip knit?

There are a few different knitting techniques you can use to decrease your stitches, from the ‘cast-off decrease’ to the ‘pass one over’ method. Each technique offers a slightly different texture and finish. The ssk is one of the easiest and most popular decreasing methods, and is often found in patterns for toys and children’s clothes where you need the fabric to curve, for instance around the heel of a baby bootie or to create shape in the body of a toy animal. Ssk can also be applied when knitting lace. Now we’re talking.

The slip slip knit will be abbreviated as ‘ssk’ in your knitting pattern. If you want to opt for a right-leaning decrease you might want to try the knit 2 together, k2tog. You’ll often find many knitting patterns combine the ssk and k2tog to create an even texture in the fabric.

Helpful stitch tutorials to get started

Patterns featuring ssk

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