Monday, January 22, 2007

Edge stitches

What is the correct way to slip the edge stitch, or should I ask what is the correct EZ way to slip the edge stitch? There seem to be a multitude of methods out there.

Slip as if to purl with yarn in front, then bring yarn to back? Slip as if to purl with yarn in back? Slip as if to knit? I would love to get this question settled in my mind so I am doing the edges correctly. Thanks for any clarification!


  • Slip as if to purl... yarn position depends on where it's coming out of the last stitch on the previous row. If that stitch was knit, once you turn the work, the yarn should be in front, and should stay there when you slip the first stitch. If the last stitch on the previous row was purled, the yarn will be at the back when you turn your work, so slip with the yarn to the back.

    By Blogger Julie, at 5:29 AM  

  • I agree with Julie, above. But if you need a general rule about slipping here it is:
    If the slip is part of a decrease (i.e. SSK) then slip knit-wise. If the slip is not a part of a decrease (i.e. an edge or mosaic knitting) then slip purl-wise.
    And in general leave the yarn where it was after the previous stitch when you do the slip unless the pattern instructs you otherwise.

    By Blogger Sue, at 6:10 AM  

  • Thanks for the help with edge stitches. This has always caused confusion for me for some reason.

    By Blogger Marty, at 7:05 AM  

  • There isn't a "right" way to handle selvedge edges. There are a lot of different ways, and each one can be a useful tool sometimes. If you look in Vogue Knitting or one of the other comprehensive manuals, you'll find a pretty impressively hefty list.

    The selvedge Julie and Sue are describing is a "chained" selvedge, since it looks a bit like a crochet chain. It's very good for picking up stitches from, or for edges that will be seamed.

    I've also seen faggoted selvedges (very nifty for extra stretch), a variety of 2 stitch selvedges, garter selvedges... I usually pick the one suited to the job, and sometimes I don't do anything special to the edge stitches at all. The whole point of a selvedge is to give yourself a better edge for what you plan to do to the knitted object.

    By Anonymous Emily Cartier, at 10:25 AM  

  • If you want the chain-y selvage on garter stitch, then try this:
    * on the last stitch of the row, p1
    * on the first stitch of the row, s1 knitwise

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:51 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home