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showl - ssk abbreviations

I'm knitting a showl and the instructions call for ssk for the corner decrease...However, the abbreviation chart says to slip, slip as to purl...then you knit the two ....I thought it was slip, slip as to knit and then knit the two together...Can't find anything where ssk is mentioned with both as to purl ...
KT did answer in the knit forum and I'm so grateful...

However, I wrote to the lady that did the Showl Pattern and her response was:

"The usual way to slip a stitch in knitting is as if to purl with the yarn in back. Usually the pattern will assume that you are going to slip as to purl UNLESS the pattern tells you to slip as to KNIT. Since you started to do the slip as to KNIT - continue to do it this way because consistency is more important than being a slave to the directions as long as the same objective is achieved and that is to decrease the stitches that need to be reduced to miter the corner on this item"

Now I'm really confused !!! I am going to continue the way I started but if anyone can clear this up I would so appreciate it...My brain hurts !!!
Thanks , Chali

I was hoping someone else would respond so you wouldn't feel like I was dogging you on this question.

The general "rule" if there is one is that if you are slipping stitches and will not do anything with those stitches until the next row, one slips purlwise. If you are slipping a stitch that you will then manipulate on the same row, such as an SSK, one would slip knitwise.

This of course, all assumes a standard Western stitch mount where the right leg of the loop is on the side of the needle closest to your body.

If you are using someone's free pattern, as opposed to a commercial pattern, that explains the unusual handling of the SSK.

But I wouldn't obsess about this. As long as you like the look of what you are getting, keep doing it.

Thank you KT...
I finished it and it looks great...Glad to have the options...I just want to learn the Correct way before I go experimenting....I didn't know if I would screw it up but eveidently not since it turned out very pretty...Making 2 more for my mom...She looks beautiful in everything so I feel proud she "Loved it:
The new forum seems to have less responses than before or is that my imagination...I used to go by GIGSI but it wouldn't allow me to use it so I changed it....Love hearing from all the lovely ladies...Mother Hen etc...
Happy Knitting! Thanks again

I think that some occasional visitors got lost when the Forum changed and there were some issues in creating new accounts. Others may have been put off during the time when CYCA was trying to deal with a torrent of SPAM postings but the regulars like Alex, Mother Hen, Craftsman, etc., are still here.