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Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (sssp)

This is a left-leaning decrease.
It looks the same on the right side as sssk, and sl1, k2tog, psso.
It mirrors with the right-leaning decrease p3tog.

Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)

Slip three stitches, one at a time as if to knit.

Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)

Slip the three slipped stitches back to the left needle in their new orientation.

Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)

Purl them together through the back loops.

Decrease How Tos:

Right-Leaning Single Decreases
Knit Two Together (k2tog)
Purl Two Together (p2tog)

Left-Leaning Single Decreases
Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk)
Slip, Slip, Knit variation (ssk)
Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)
Knit Two Together Through Back Loop (k2tog tbl)
Purl Two Together Through Back Loops (p2tog tbl)
Slip One, Knit One, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (sl 1, k1, psso)
Right-Leaning Double Decreases
Knit Three Together (k3tog)
Purl Three Together (p3tog)
Left-Leaning Double Decreases
Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)
Slip One, Knit Two Together, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (sl 1, k2tog, psso)
Slip, Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp)
Centered Double Decrease
Centered Double Decrease (cdd)

Read the full article, Decoding Decreases
Download a handy pdf with Decoding Decreases and instructions for all of the decreases.

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