Tutorial: How to skp (sl1, k1, psso).

And we’re back to the decreases! Today we’re going to cover my favorite left-slanting decrease, skp, which is sometimes abbreviated sl1, k1, psso. (Yes, in true knitting-nerd fashion, I have a favorite decrease.) Like many things in knitting, the abbreviation tells you exactly what to do: knit one, slip one, pass slipped stitch over. Here’s a little more detail:

Step One: Slip the next stitch from your left-hand needle to your right-hand needle. I slip the stitch purlwise.


This is also a good place to note that I like doing decreases (and increases, for that matter) at least one stitch in from the edge; it makes the garment easier to seam.

In the photo above, you can see that the slipped stitch remains unworked.

Step Two: Knit the next stitch on the left-hand needle.


Step Three: Pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.


This is the same action as binding off – you’re getting rid of the slipped stitch.


The end result sure looks good!

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One Response to Tutorial: How to skp (sl1, k1, psso).

  1. Holly says:

    It is a pretty rockin’ decrease! I’m doing a lot of slip, k2tog, psso in my shawl right now, so I’m all about it! I heart triple decreases!

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