Slip Slip Knit Decrease (ssk)

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Slip two stitches knitwise one at a time (Figure 1).

Slip Slip Knit Decrease fig 1

Insert point of left needle into front of two slipped stitch-es and knit them together through back loops with right needle (Figure 2).

Slip slip Knit Decrease Fig 2

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19 thoughts on “Slip Slip Knit Decrease (ssk)

  1. I was looking for a photo that would show the front of the Summer Shawlette. Now, I see it in the photo of yours as it is drying. It is indeed lovely. Maybe you could add this other photo to the downloadable .pdf file.

  2. I was also looking for a photo that would show the front! The back and sides are absolutely lovely and I would be really interested in what the front looks like, and whether it should be “finished” with a nice big button like the Chanson En Crochet (which I would really like to try making!) I was also wondering whether the Summer Shawlette had a different type of “closure” at the front or ?? Also .. thanks for this site, which I just found. I will be a regular visitor! Bev C

  3. Last night I finished the shawlette, to great acclaim (from me). I made it from exactly one (310-yrd) ball of (I kid you not) Red Heart Symphony in light blue, and I want to tell you, it is PERFECT!! It truly does fit on my shoulders, no slipping, and it feels light and warm and elegant. Question: Why decrease one stitch (from 189 to 188) before the bottom edge seed stitch border? Leaving the stitches an uneven number would mean a balance on both ends of the row. As it is, you begin with a knit stich and end with a purl stitch. Why? Thanks. Mary

  4. I love the Comfort Shawl pattern variation. I dived in and finished it in 3 evenings, using an acrylic/mohair blend in the stash. My shoulder shaping is a bit off, but the next version will be better. A great item for my charity group’s holiday boutique.

  5. Hi the Sandi,
    I am currently swatching the cashmere yarn for this pattern. My question is – the pattern says that there are 155 yards in the skein and the actual skein says that there are 200. I have 2 skeins and I need to make sure that I have enough yarn for this project. How many yars does the shawl actually need?


  6. This is so cute but I find that short shawls/capelets drive me nuts. If one were to just keep going in pattern for another 60 rows or so to take it down to hip level do you think it would work out? As it’s getting bigger around as it gets longer what do you think, about 800 yards of fingering weight? I’m thinking about 200g of something like KnitPicks Palette

  7. Yeah, bring on more lace. I just finished Annie Modesitt’s Silk Ribbed Lace Corset and added my own touches to it (Knit in Berroco Bonsai Bamboo). Now I’m working on the lace tank in Vogueknitting’s Spring/Summer Issue. I finally feel comfortable doing it.

  8. RE: Summer Shawlette, I started in the last few days and managed to do the nicest stich pickup I’ve ever done after the neckband. However, problems have arisen after completing row 3 of the back and side panels. I’m supposed to have a total of 55 stiches after all the middle section k1,yo’s. However, I am about 10 stiches short. Was I just supposed to do all yo’s? Thank you in advance for any hard earned advice.

  9. Hi Sandy, please help! I have the verrry luscious mongolian cashmere yarn but I can not understand the directions even at the very beginning! I have workied the set up row and the 2nd row (sl1 purlwise etc) . then I cannot figure out what to do. Can you please clarify how I knit the 40 rows? I seens that you are not knitting othe other side iof the piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated, even a diagram of what I am syupposed to be doing. thanks dale z.

  10. I have been looking for information on this pattern. The shawlette is lovely, but I also do not understand the directions after the first 2 rows. Please help!

  11. I don’t know if you’ve gotten help with the pattern, it’s already been 2 months since you asked but I thought I’d write something anyways…

    After the set up row, you work [sl1, (k1, p1) twice, k2] 40 times. You should end up with a narrow “ribbon” of knitting. You then rotate it sideways, keeping the live stitches on your right. Pick up 20 stitches along the selvage edge you made by slipping the first stitch of every row.

    Do not turn work.

    Undo the provisional cast on and put those 7 sts on your left needle. Work those stitches k2, p1, k1, p1, k2. All your stitches should now be on your right needle.

    Begin body of shawl. ^_^

    Hope that helps!