How did the first 14 rows go for you? Isn't this a fun pattern to knit? I think it is. I love how each row shifts one stitch -- that makes me never want to put it down! But it gets better.
Part 1 is here if you need to catch up. In this second part of the 1-Skein Zigzag Cowl we are going to move the stitches back the other way with one simple change, instead of a k2tog we are going to SSK.
I know that doesn't sound like a big deal but it's a magical secret knitting move. Decreasing with a k2tog makes stitches lean to the right but an SSK makes stitches dance to the left. See, like this!
Pretty freaking cool, no? Yes! Totally cool.**
**Nerdy knitting moment brought to you by Heather.
Ha. Ok, so let's get this moving to the left. Our first step is a YO and since it's right by the stitch marker be sure it stays on the left side of the marker. Try not to let it slip to the other side because it will mess up your pattern.
Next we work an SSK which is shorthand for slip, slip, knit. I like to use this slightly modified SSK that I'll show you here. I think it lays a little flatter and looks a bit more refined.
Step 1: Slip one stitch from the left needle to the right as if to KNIT.
Step 2: Slip one stitch from the left needle to the right as if to PURL.
Step 3: Put the lefthand needle through the front of the two slipped stitches and knit the two stitches together.
Ta-da! That's an SSK! And as you can see, the stitches are already starting to dance back to the left to make those pretty zigzags.
That's about all there is to it! I'll post again on Tuesday, April 29 with updates and progress photos. Plus, if anyone has any questions I'll post all the follow-up answers. Keep on knitting and please keep posting pictures with the hashtag #ZigzagKAL.