Knit knit slip stitch

So I am not happy with this decrease. I am unsure as to whether I knit when I am decreasing at a purl stitch or if I purl the purl stitches...argh! I am considering frogging back to the first decrease and do a simple ssk decrease. Any insights, guys?


Bill Carl's picture

If it is something you are not happy with now. If you go on and finish it you will always look it as a mistake. Even if you are the only one who knows it is there. That will be the first thing that you look at. So I suggest that you use a simple decrease, even if it is only K2tog or P2tog.
Have a Great Christmas and enjoy Your knitting. It's a Pleasure not a job.

ronhuber's picture

EZ always said that we are the bosses of our knitting. It sounds to me as if someone came upon a new decrease and designed a pattern around it to justify using it. It is your knitting so you should do what you want. Let's not be slaves to patterns.

bobinthebul's picture

Howdy -

I wrote a response before but it was on one of the other instances - the question post came through 3 times and the other two were deleted, so I'm not sure you had a chance to read it or not. I also noticed that my indication of where to do the KKS got left-aligned in the formatting, which might have been confusing! So here it is, a lot more simply.

I tried this myself on in miniature; the problem is the term "KKS." It was indeed a Knit-Knit-Slip in the first two rows, but not after. Perhaps the woman who wrote the pattern just thought it would be "obvious" but if you're wanting to do a KKS each time it doesn't work. So, I would generalize and restate the pattern this way, more simply:

"Knit IN PATTERN to marker, then slip the next-to-last stitch over the last, purl last two stitches."

So, You start with this:

PP O kkk pp kkk pp kkk

Work it this way ("O" being marker, "|" marking the point before the stitches where the right will be slipped over the left stitch):

pp O kk | k pp kkk pp kkk
pp O kk | pp kkk pp kkk
pp O kp | p kkk pp kkk
pp O pp | kkk pp kkk
pp O pk | kk pp kkk
pp O kk | k pp kkk

The **S decrease is nice here because it works on either knit or purl stitches; it's "neutral," and gives a very distinct edge along the "purl groove" made by the last two purl stitches, whereas a K2tog puts a definite knit stitch in there, and you end up with the same issue of what to do when you have a kp or pk combination to deal with.

It will look a little awkward at first but once you progress it will shape up!

Hope that helps!

PaulKnittingNow's picture

Thank you!! Got it! This site is the best. Thanks for all the help!

bobinthebul's picture

Let us know if it works for you!