Thursday, 31 January 2013

Left Leaning Decreases and Ladders

Experiment time. I need a left leaning decrease to be paired with a right leaning K2Tog

From the bottom we have:
SSK. Slip as if to knit, slip as if to purl, put left needle through the front and knit. Mine never look tidy.

After the blue line we have:
K2TogTbl. Doesn't match the K2Tog at all, and the ladders are spectacularly bad between the two stitches.

After the Red line we have:
SKPSSO. Slip as if to purl, knit the next stitch and pass the slipped stitch over it.
Neater then the previous ones. Definitely wins the speed award as the simplest to do. Edit - those are slipped as if to purl.

After the Black line we have:
SYTK Slip, Yank, Twist and Knit courtesy of the TECHKnitter.

A close up of those - look how well they match up against the K2Togs. There is still a ladder between them, but those knit stitches are parallel and smooth at least.

Now to see how I can tweak the stitch pattern to minimise those ladders.

First experiment will be to change the rate (decrease every third instead of second row) and tug on that yarn like it was a life-rope.


  1. Hi Alicia, just wondering why you are slipping as if to purl in the SSK? Its usually slip both as if to knit? Cheers Sharon

  2. It's the "some people prefer this way" method from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. I'd never heard of SSK before that - left leaning decreases in all my old British books just had K2togTBL or SKPSSO.