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Thanks so much for this thoughtful and analytical post... I always thought my SSKs were slightly messier-looking, but until now I was convinced it was just me.
I'm one of those for whom SKPsso looks better, but I prefer the economy of effort of SSK - and I share your shudder at the twisted stitch in the 'improved' SSK.

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Well, I was never sure what I thought about the improved ssk I couldn't see any improvement. Jury still out on this one. I just discovered your blog. I really like the technical discussions. Thanks


Thank you for this very thorough post! Very interesting. I personally don't have a problem with the 'improved SSK" - I also don't see much improvement, but i do like to use it for this reason - I have a very quick and neat technique to make it: I slip the first stitch k-wise, then i return it to the left needle. There is no need to slip the next stitch p-wise, then return it, because then I K2tog-tbl.

Sounds like "6 of one, half dozen of the other", but i find it very efficient, rather than all that slipping back and forth, so it is worth it to me.

ALso, concerning a neater left leaner, i recently read about the "hungry stitch" technique, do look it up on you tube. I have yet to try it, but it is worth a look!

Thanks again and happy knitting.

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