How to Read a Knitting Pattern with SKP
Many knitting patterns feature either shaping or fancy stitches. A lot of those patterns include decreases of various forms.
One of these decreases might be the SKP, a Left-Leaning Decrease.
There are many ways that you might see these instructions in a knitting pattern:
- Sl 1. K1. PSSO.
- Slip 1, Knit 1, Psso.
- Sl 1, K 1, pass slipped stitch over.
All of these mean the same thing.
SKP stands for “Slip, Knit, Pass”.
And, by the way, you can do an SSK and achieve the same result – and some knitters think that the SSK is easier.
Here is how to do the SKP.
The first step is to Slip 1 stitch. Although the patterns don’t usually say it, the Slip has to be done Knitwise. That means that you insert your needle into the next stitch as if you were about to do a Knit stitch, as shown in this photo:
Then, complete the Slip stitch – just transfer that stitch from the old needle onto the new needle, as shown in this photo:
So the S part of the SKP is done.
Now for the K part of the SKP. This is just an ordinary Knit stitch. Knit the next stitch on the old needle, putting in onto the new needle. See this photo. The pink stitch was the Slipped one, and the purple stitch was Knitted.
Finally, the P part of the SKP. This is where you pass the Slipped stitch over the Knitted one.
Some of you probably do this sort of stitch movement when you bind off or cast off. I call this a “leapfrog”.
The first part is to insert the old needle into the slipped stitch on the new needle, as shown in this photo:
And then lift that slipped stitch over the knitted stitch AND over the needle, as shown here:
Finally, the slipped stitch (the pink one) is cozily wrapped around the knitted stitch (the purple one):
This photo shows how the slipped stitch is leaning to the left as it wraps around the knitted stitch.
And the SKP is complete.
Here is an example of a knitting pattern using SKP.
In this website, Bronze (or paid) members can see detailed patterns featuring SKP, such as: