How to SSP (Slip Slip Purl)

Slip Slip Purl (ssp) is a 1-stitch decrease often used on the wrong side of your fabric or in a purl section on the right side of your fabric (such as in a purl column of ribbing). 

Ssp leans to the left, which is barely noticeable on the purl side. If you look at the reverse side of a ssp, it looks just like a ssk (slip slip knit), which leans to the left.
It is knit similarly to the ssk, and there are 2 ways to correctly knit a ssp. In this video, I’ll show you both ways, focusing on the one I like best.

How to SSP

  1. Slip 1 stitch as if to knit
  2. Slip another stitch as if to knit (you CANNOT “shortcut” this by slipping the 2 stitches together)
  3. Insert your left needle from the bottom to the top through the 2 slipped stitches and transfer them your left needle
  4. Bring your yarn forward, purl these 2 stitches together, and slide them off the left needle

Now look at your ssp. Notice at the base of your new stitch there are 2 stitches. These 2 stitches are drawn together with the rightmost stitch in the front of the leftmost stitch. This is what makes this decrease lean to the left. The right stitch is in the front and is being pulled leftward toward the center.

ssp & p2tog

If you flip your work over, it will look exactly like a ssk, as shown in this photo:

ssp, p2tog, ssk, k2tog

Want to Practice SSP?

SSP is one of the decreases used in our Woodburne Cardigan Knit Along. Each knit along includes detailed online lessons to guide you step-by-step through the pattern so you can improve your skills while finishing a project expertly. It’s like having a knitting instructor on-demand! Check out all of our knit alongs at

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