Slip, slip, purl

I came across slip, slip purl (SSP) in the crown section of a hat I just finished.  The pattern had SSP, then purl  2 together every other stitch.  It was only until halfway around the first row, that I realized I don’t really know how to SSP.  I was slipping the stitches purlwise, then purling them together.  This technique resulted in exactly the same stitch as purl 2 together, or a right leaning decrease.  The SSP is meant to create a left leaning decrease to complement the right leaning Purl 2 together.  So what was I doing wrong?

The key to SSP is to slip the stitches KNITWISE.  Then pass the stitches back to the left handed needle and purl 2 together.  Because the stitches are twisted from slipping them knitwise, the decrease will lean in the opposite direction from Purl 2 together.  Now I have another simple technique to add to my knitting tool box!

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