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Learn to Knook: s1, k1, psso

Time for one of the last Knook tutorials I'm going to post in a while!  It's crazy for me to think about, but I've written about nearly all of the Knook tutorial videos on the Leisure Arts website.  What happens next?  Come back next week to find out.

For now, though, we're going to talk about one of my favorite decrease methods.  I'm not joking.  I really like this decrease method.  The act of slipping one stitch, knitting one stitch, and then passing the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch leaves a clean-looking decrease, and takes me less time to do it than it just did to type it out. 

This is how simple it is:

 Video can also be found here.

Wasn't that simple and not-intimidating?  Because all of the warnings and wailings in books and on websites about how hard it is to correct accidentally dropped or slipped stitches, it can be difficult to make yourself slip a stitch at first.  To just pass that stitch from one place to the next without doing anything just seems a little wrong. 

But once you're doing it mindfully, you know you won't forget.  As always, I'd like to offer the helpful advice of muttering the order of steps under your breath.  People will know to leave you alone when you're so focused on such important work, and saying the words as you do the work will help ingrain the process in your memory.  If nothing else, you'll learn how to say the long-winded-sounding process correctly.  Such a long-sounding name for such a simple process.

This dishcloth that I Knooked uses slipped stitches. 

But the slips are less obvious when they're passed over a knitted stitch and they pull the fabric a little tighter.  I love this method so much more than SSK (slip 2 stitches knitwise, then pass them back to your first needle to untwist them--or twist them, I never remember--and then knit the two together. ) because I'm really bad at that.  You don't have to worry about that, though, because I don't know if it's even physically possible to do with a Knook and you'd probably be just fine with it anyway.

Like I said, this is one of my favorite decrease methods.  It pulls the stitches in a different direction than knitting them together, which is why some patterns will tell you to use both methods throughout a project.  I hope you're also the kind of person who gets excited and has opinions about decreasing.  It's always great to find a technique that you like, so that's it's your go-to method for patterns instead of just plodding along and doing whatever.  I bet you're not a plodder, though.  So good for you!

Happy Knooking!

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