s1k1psso - on the knitting machine?

A new knitter wrote and asked about slip stitch on the knitting machine. Being in machine knitting mode, I explained how we can set our machines to skip a needle and place a strand of yarn across the purl side of the work.

I quickly praised using slip stitch for easily adding texture to her knitting.

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The knitter wrote back and kindly pointed out that I hadn't read her email completely. She was asking about a hand knitting instruction, s1k1psso. (Translated slip one, knit one, pass the slip stitch over).

This instruction is used in hand knitting to decrease stitches. It is also used along with a yarn over to create an eyelet or lace stitches.

Her hand knitting pattern was instructing her to decrease a stitch.



This is how the decrease would look on the knitting machine. Positioning the stitch creates a left leaning or right leaning decrease.




Using hand knitting patterns for your machine knitting is easier than you may think! All it takes is little planning, familiarity with the capabilities of your machine and just a little bit of math.

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Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 03/29/2016 at 5:32 PM | Categories: General Info - Stitch Techniques -


Kelly Feibes

Kelly Feibes wrote on 03/31/16 9:15 AM

When you work the s1k1psso in hand knitting, you end with the slipped stitch lying on top of the knitted stitch. So on the machine I think you would need to use the 1-prong tool to move the "k1" stitch onto the needle holding the slipped stitch, so that it's underneath when viewed from the right side. **************** Hi Kelly! You are right! I've added a drawing for both left and right leaning decreases. In the video we cover this in detail.
Shelley Blackler

Shelley Blackler wrote on 03/31/16 10:37 AM

Your response about the s1,k1,psso translation from hand knitting is almost right. This is a left-leaning, single decrease also created by a ssk. In each technique, the first stitch will be on top of the second when viewed from the knit side. It is often a part of the 'design'. In order to create the same thing on a machine, we first move the second of the two sts outward to be on top of the first on the purl side that faces us, and then move the doubled st over to fill the empty needle. This is referred to as a Fully-Fashioned decrease. It is usually 'worth the effort' to use this technique.

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