Thanks to a very generous Raveller who shared this little trick with me, my SSK (slip, slip, knit) decreases are now a much more perfect match to their K2TOG (knit 2 together) counterparts.

SSK with 2 sts slipped knitwise
SSK with 2 sts slipped knitwise

Old Way

This is the way most patterns and books instruct you to work an SSK. The blue underline shows a line of SSK stitches worked as:

(slip 1 stitch knitwise) twice, slip both stitches back to the left needle, knit those 2 stitches together through the back of the loops

 

As you can see, that line of stitches doesn’t form a lovely diagonal line the way the ‘K2TOG’ stitches do on the opposite side of the little lace design. The SSK stitches have a bit of a wobble.

SSK with only 1 st slipped kntiwise
SSK with only 1 st slipped kntiwise

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New Way

In this picture both the SSK (to the left) and K2TOG (to the right) are underlined in blue. Notice how the line of SSK stitches does not have that wobble; it lies at the perfectly angle, just like the line of K2TOG stitches to the right.

 

How it’s done:

SSK: Slip 1 stitch as if to knit, slip that stitch back to the left needle, knit 2 stitches together through the back of the loop.

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