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Old 03-17-2008, 05:43 AM   #1
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Why slip the first stitch?
I was watching the Intarsia video and realized Amy slips the first stitch of every row without knitting it. What are the advantages of doing this?
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:50 AM   #2
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It will keep the edge smoother. If you knit it, the first stitch tends to be really loose and loopy. Slipping it keeps it nicer looking. I was amazed the first time I did it to see what a difference it makes!
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:53 AM   #3
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Oh dear, I always find my first stitch loose. I tug really hard to no avail. I will try slipping the first stitch and see if it makes a difference. I have a few questions on the same:

1. I am currently working on a sweater. Can I start slipping the first stitch mid way? Will the difference in the edge be noticeable?

2. This sweater has a seed stitch edge of three stitches. So, for every row I have to do KPK. If I don't knit the first stitch and just slip it, it is technically not seed stitch, right?

3. If I am working st stich, should I slip knit-wise on the right side or purl-wise on the wrong side?
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I hope someone answers Ivy's questions!! I came online to ask the very same question regarding the slip stitch at beginning!

I really want to hear the answers to the other questions she asked.

Somebody out there????!!!

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Old 03-17-2008, 09:59 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
Oh dear, I always find my first stitch loose. I tug really hard to no avail. I will try slipping the first stitch and see if it makes a difference. I have a few questions on the same:

1. I am currently working on a sweater. Can I start slipping the first stitch mid way? Will the difference in the edge be noticeable?

2. This sweater has a seed stitch edge of three stitches. So, for every row I have to do KPK. If I don't knit the first stitch and just slip it, it is technically not seed stitch, right?

3. If I am working st stich, should I slip knit-wise on the right side or purl-wise on the wrong side?
I'm not an expert, but I will try to answer your questions.

1. Yes, the difference will be noticeable.

2. I've noticed that when I slip stitches, how they are slipped affects their appearance. If I want a knit stitch, I slip it knitwise, if it should be purl, I slip it purlwise.

3. I think the above answer answered this question. If it's supposed to be a knit stitch, slip it knitwise, if it's supposed to be a purl stitch, slip it purlwise.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:32 AM   #6
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Thanks Misty!, I think I will knit a swatch and see what it looks like if I slip the k st of a seed st pattern and then knit one without.

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Old 03-17-2008, 10:39 AM   #7
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Slipping the first stitch always works better on items like scarfs and afghans. Slipping the first stitch on a sweater will make seaming the sweater hard to do.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:40 AM   #8
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I wouldn't start it mid sweater, it may be confusing when it comes to joining the pieces.
It can be very useful on pieces that are not to be joined, afghans, dishclothes for example as well as ones that are to be joined.
For a seed stitch that will be joined to another piece I think it would be fine since it will be hidden in the seam.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:03 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by nannaknits View Post
Slipping the first stitch always works better on items like scarfs and afghans. Slipping the first stitch on a sweater will make seaming the sweater hard to do.
Nanna,
why will it make seaming the sweater hard to do?

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Old 03-18-2008, 07:23 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the answers.

My sweater is knit in one piece, so I don't have to worry about seaming. I won't use this technique for this sweater anyway (it's almost done), but I will keep this in mind for my next project.

Yeah, I second Jen's question.
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