View Full Version : Slipping first stitch on pieces to be seamed
05-08-2011, 07:44 AM
I've started my very first sweater and am curious how you handle the edges of pieces to be seamed together. This sweater has a wide border of garter stitch around the bottom, and the body of the sweater is worked in stockinette stitch. I've been slipping the first stitch of each row to avoid the long, distorted stitches I get otherwise, but am wondering if that's the thing to do with these pieces that will need to be seamed together? (The pattern doesn't address the issue.) Your opinions, please? Thanks!
05-08-2011, 08:26 AM
I like slipping the first st on edges that will show in the finished piece. For edges that are seamed, I don't usually do it but it may make for a nicer looking seam when you look at the inside. For a sweater like a cardigan, this might matter to you.
05-08-2011, 08:52 AM
Slipping the edge sts sometimes makes it more difficult to seam them together as the slip st spans 2 rows so it can leave gaps. The edges will be hidden inside, so it won't matter. A slip st edge is best saved for an edge that isn't seamed or have stitches picked up in, like on a scarf.
05-08-2011, 01:08 PM
I hadn't thought of that, Sue, and I appreciate your mentioning it. I'm not half done with the back of the sweater so there's plenty of time to change what I'm doing! Thanks!