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.
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.
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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