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Old 05-22-2008, 03:32 PM   #1
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What are selvedge stitches? What is blocking?
I want to make this scarf:

http://karinspointeshoes.googlepages.com/home

Not only is it really pretty, it has a great name. Looks easy enough, but I don't know what a selvedge stitch is or what to do with it. There is one on each end of each row. Knit them? Slip them?

Also, at the end it says "block if desired." What does that mean?

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Old 05-22-2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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Selvage stitches are just an edging so it looks neater. I'd slip the first one and knit the last one. Blocking is washing the piece and then laying it out to dry in the shape you want. In the pattern you're looking at blocking would 'open up' the fans. It's not absolutely necessary but it will probably make the design stand out more.
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Thank you!! Now I just have to buy some yarn This will be a great present for my mom, I think.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:09 PM   #4
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What yarn fiber are you using? If acrylic...or acrylic blend...blocking may be somewhat pointless. But with natural fibers it can make a diff.

Eccie is correct on sel sts. But you can sometimes change them to something you prefer. Practice on swatches. A sel st used on garment pieces that'll be seamed is diff than those that'll be exposed, such as on a scarf or afghan.

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In this pattern, the selvedge sts are not included in the pattern stitches, so you'd want to either slip the first one and knit the last on each row, or knit both of them.
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I bid on the same yarn she used, on Ebay. I love the colors.
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