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Knit Slip Stitch Tutorial



Today's tutorial is on Knit Slip Stitches. It's pretty simple but can be confusing if you're new to knitting.

The abbreviation for a slip stitch is sl st(s).

When a pattern instructs you to slip a stitch, it usually means to slip it purl-wise unless it states otherwise. You can also slip a stitch knit-wise like in a ssk (Slip, Slip, Knit) decrease.


Slipping Purl-wise (slp):

Again, if a pattern doesn't say to slip knit or purl wise, you can assume it's purl-wise. Slipping a stitch purl-wise means that you're slipping the stitch from your left hand (LH) needle to your right hand (RH) needle by inserting your needle into the stitch as if to purl and slipping it onto your RH needle from your LH needle.

Slipping Knit-wise (slk):

Slipping a stitch knit-wise means that you're slipping the stitch from your left hand (LH) needle to your right hand (RH) needle by inserting your needle into the stitch as if to knit and slipping it onto your RH needle from your LH needle.

The pattern will also tell you if you how many stitches to slip and where you need to place your working yarn.... in the front or back.

wyif - With Yarn in Front

wyib - With Yarn in Back

It's pretty self explanatory what the wyif & wyib means, exactly what it says. This tells you whether you need to place your working yarn in the front or back when working slip stitches.

Example: sl3k wyif - Slip 3 stitches knit-wise with yarn in front.

Example: sl2p wyib - Slip 2 stitches purl-wise with yarn in back.


Here are two patterns I used slip stitches in the design. Click on link above photo to purchase pattern (in Ravelry).

Lane Slouch Beanie


Butterfly Slouch Beanie & Cowl





How to Work a Slip Stitch Video Tutorial


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