An ssk is a left leaning decrease that most closely mirrors the right leaning decrease, k2tog. The ssk is used in garment shaping, sock gussets and lace knitting. Watch the ssk video to learn this smooth decrease and kick your knitting up a notch!

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  1. Thomas
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    I was going through your videos and had learned the SSK before. But what I’d like to know is why choose SSK over K2tog? Also in your video you started the SSK after knitting two stitches and separated them by a stitch but in the K2tog you knit them side by side and at the beginning of the row. Does it matter?

  2. Posted July 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    The ssk is a left leaning decrease while the k2tog is a right leaning decrease. It is optimum to choose the decrease that will lean in the same direction as the angle of your knitted piece. In the video I separated the decreases with a few stitches in between just for demonstration purposes – it has no impact on the results.

  3. Karla
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Can you please assist me, there does not seem to be a video to the SSK and I am on block #10 of the Building Blocks Pattern.

  4. Karla
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, the video seems to be working today. I am “Happily Knitting”.

  5. Jean Thompson
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Your website is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!
    My daughter told me about it and I have used it over and over. Thank you for such clear and understandable instructions. Quite frequently i forget how to do a stitch and you are always nearby to help me out. Thank you Thankyou

  6. Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I’m happy to help!

  7. Donna
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    You are the best. Thanks.

  8. jan
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    blding block 10 has k1 yo ssk so that puts the yarn in FRONT when you do the ssk and knit am I right

    can’t go on w/out answer

  9. Posted March 1, 2014 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    You are correct!

  10. Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I am also doing building block 10–one row requires a yo followed by ask after purling–so do I just leave the yarn in the front to complete even though I am not moving it after purling? Somehow it doesn’t make sense to me–thanks!

  11. Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    You are absolutely correct!

  12. Divette
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    On on block #10 and I want to say I love this site!!!

  13. Lora Duncan
    Posted July 20, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    thank you so much for the video’s I am on block 1o instructions are great in your book but the video is great sometimes i just need to see it done.

  14. Posted July 20, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me!

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    […] change you need.  Other options include adding an increase (kfb or make one) or decrease (k2tog or ssk) at the beginning and end of the first round of stockinette stitches.  They will be nearly […]

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