Selveges - 2 questions
I have a question to ask, then I have a problem that I need help with, both dealing with selveges.
First of all, my problem:
I'm working on a pattern that tells you to k1tbl on the first stitch as your selvege, then, on the last stitch, it tells you to sl1wyif as your other selvege. The end where I'm k1tbl is really nice--very uniform and tight--but the side where I'm sl1wyif looks loopy and sloppy. The item in the pattern looks the same both sides, so what am I doing wrong? Is it possible that I can k1tbl on both edges, or would that screw things up? Also, when I'm supposed to sl1wyif, I was assuming that I should slip as if to knit, but maybe, I'm supposed to slip as if to purl--would that make a difference in the way it looks?
Secondly, my question:
What's the difference in the way that some patterns tell you to do selveges--are there ways of working some that are better for one effect, and some that are better for another effect? What I mean is, maybe for example, would you work a selvege a certain way because it's more stretchy or something like that?
Better put: Let's say you are knitting a piece of fabric that you want to have straight edges on it. How do you determine what kind of selvege to do and why do you choose that one?
I'm "the mean twin".
I love to knit shawls...after all, a girl can't have too many shawls!