and definition of sssk.
Sssk = slip 3 stitches knit wise from left needle to right needle and then knit all three sitches together through the back loops (this can be a bit tight). Click on this link to see a video illustration of ssk (you'll just add another stitch to this) http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/videos//decrease/ssk-english-rds.mpg
Finally, thanks for the comments - I truly appreciate them.
Happy stitching : )