How Do You Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)?

How Do You Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)?

Knitting has become an extremely popular pass time. It is no longer the preserve of the older generation and those desperate to save money!

Part of this increase in popularity can be attributed to the ease in which you can now access different knitting styles and stitches.  This makes it much easier to learn the ropes!

One of the best things about knitting is that it can be done anywhere and you need very little to get started. In fact, all you need is some good yarn from and a pair of needles. Of course, a pattern will help!

Once you’ve learned the basic knitting stitch you’re ready to discover the thousands of other knitting stitches available.

One that you may find useful and is surprisingly easy to do is the slip, slip, knit; known as the SSK.

Doing the SSK

Here’s how you do it:

  • Start by slipping a stitch onto your needle. This is the same process as for a standard stitch but you don’t complete the stitch. You literally just slip the yarn over the needle.
  • Now repeat; this is after all slip, slip, knit and not just slip, knit!
  • Now to finish you need to slide your empty needle through the loops that you have just made. Be sure to go through both loops! You can then pull the yarn round the other needle to make a standard stitch. The only difference is that you have looped through two bits of yarn.

The stitch is larger. This creates a distinctive style and can be more effective at keeping the wearer warm.

Adding In Purl

It is possible to SSK with purl stitches as well. This will probably be necessary if you are attempting to make anything with SSK.

  • Loop your yarn onto the needle to create a stitch without finishing it. This is the same process as the first step above.
  • You will then need to repeat it to create your two loops.
  • Now, instead of sliding your needle through the two loops you want to move the loops across to your first needle. This should leave the back of the loops exposed.
  • Slide your needle through the back of these loops to pull them together in the same way as a traditional stitch.

The only real difference with purl SSK is that you’re doing it from the back, not the front.


You may wonder what the purpose of this slightly chunkier stitch is. While it will change the appearance of your finished product it is also an excellent way of gaining a natural slant on your garment.

In effect you are creating the same distance with less stitches; the result when you pull it tight is a slant on your garment.

This is a great way to add a feature to a garment or even finish a scarf.

All you need is a little practice and you’ll be using this stitch all the time!


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