So, when I cast on my Rick socks, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see that spiraling rib start to take shape. I knit the cuff, and then jumped right into the leg, thinking how cool it was that a few ssk’s and yarn overs were all it took to make that really cool look. But, after knitting about two inches, I stopped. This didn’t look like the picture in the book.

My spiraling rib was inverted. Huh. That’s weird.

See? Here it is, inside out.

So, I went on Ravelry (what did knitters do before Ravelry?) and perused the 643 other pairs of Rick socks that have been made. No one else seemed to have the same trouble. Sock after beautiful, spiraling sock met my search for help.

Eratta. That had to be it. But the only eratta for this pattern didn’t start ’till the gusset.

So, I enlisted the help of the “Cookie A Socks Fan Club” on Ravelry, posting a desperate plea for someone to tell me where I was going wrong. And waited. Nothing.

Just about the time I started to consider frogging the whole thing and giving myself up for a huge idiot who couldn’t even decipher a knitting chart, I had a thought.

Maybe I am not doing the ssk right.

This is a scary thought. Do you know how many times I have executed the simple ssk stitch? How many lace charts I have followed? How many sweaters I have shaped? How many stitch patterns I have knit?

But it was my final hope. So, I headed over to Youtube (what did knitters do before Youtube?) and looked up a video on “how to ssk”.

And, what do you know? I have been doing it wrong all this time.


Oh, the joys of being a self taught knitter.

I have been ssk-ing – slip, slip, pass the stitches back to left needle, knit – which produces a twisted stitch. For some reason, it has never mattered and I have never noticed till now.

The temptation to rip out everything that I have ever knitted and do it right has passed (it was brief). I am okay now.

But, isn’t that unbelievable?

11 thoughts on “Unbelievable

  1. Hahaha! A few nights ago I was working on “Summer Flies” and for the life of me could not get row 47. I ripped it out and redid it 3 or 4 times before I realized I was reading SSK where the pattern clearly said PSSO. Doh! 😉

  2. I recently found I that I’ve reversed my M1L and M1R for years! …because I think of them as M1f and M1b (so I remember what side to pick up from)…but..it turns out I matched them up wrong!

    I found out when I was test knitting….oops!

    • I look those up every time! 🙂 It is a little shocking to find something like that out, isn’t it?

      Ha! And while test knitting. 🙂 Hee heee. That would make it worse. (Sorry for the laughter, but we are laughing together, right?)

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  4. Crap thats how I learnt to ssk! I thought it was supposed to produce the twisted stitch. Good thing I found out now from your mistake and not after years of doing it wrong. (How do you do it right though?)

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