View Full Version : why slip stitches at start of row?

11-02-2007, 10:15 AM
Hi--I'm starting to knit a Gryffindor scarf for my Harry Potter-mad son. The instructions start like this:

Row 1 wrong side slip 1 purlwise [p1 k1] repeat to end
Row 2 right side slip 1 purlwise [k1 p1] repeat to end

I'm not clear on why you slip a stitch at the start of the row. Is it supposed to make for a neater edge?



11-02-2007, 10:19 AM
Yes... it gives a slightly different edge, and can look tidier..

naturally, you can personalize your project by not doing this!

11-02-2007, 11:10 AM
Yes, for a nicer edge.... at least that's what everyone says. Mine look looser and worse than just knitting or purling the first st and pull the yarn up to tighten the stitches.

11-02-2007, 03:05 PM
That's exactly what it does--gives it a nice chain-stich-like ege. Ever since I discovered this edge, I do this with all my knit projects.