Decreasing: How to Slip Slip Knit (ssk)

  Following in my series of tutorials on decrease stitches, we have slip slip knit (ssk). Slip slip knit is another common decrease and is knit two together‘s opposite–where k2tog slants right, ssk slants left. This is important for certain clothing items that should look symmetrical, like sweaters, socks, and mittens, or even Christmas stockings. It […]

Decreasing: How to Purl Two Together (p2tog)

  Because purl two together (p2tog) is less common in patterns than knit two together (k2tog), it can seem intimidating at first, but it’s another really easy decrease. It has the same effect as k2tog only it’s worked on the wrong side. (You k2tog when you’re knitting, and you p2tog when you’re purling, and they […]

How to Check Your Gauge (and Why You Should Bother)

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a knitter, given their preference, will never check their gauge.   (Sorry–P&P nerd moment.)   It’s true, though. Nothing makes a knitter roll his or her eyes faster than suggesting that they knit a gauge swatch. I have yet to meet someone who actually likes doing it. […]