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Old 11-11-2009, 12:24 PM   #1
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Slipping first stitch
So I have been told that some people when working flat items such as scarves and washcloths, slip the first stitch to make a prettier edge. I had been slipping them based on what stitch the pattern calls for, i.e. if it calls for a knit I slip knit wise, if it calls for a purl I slip purlwise. At my knitting group yesterday, one of the women in my group said you should always do it purlwise. I am confused. How do some of you do it?


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Old 11-11-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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There is no set rule, really. It depends on the edge you want.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:08 PM   #3
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The 'generally accepted rule' is to slip sts pwise on the edge (they're slipped knitwise on decs but that's a different matter). However if you like how you've been doing it, continue to do so.
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I am working on 2 projects right now. The one that is all garter stitch, I've been slipping the first stitch knit wise. I like how it looks on the ends... and it's how I thought I was supposed to do it. However, when I started doing that on my second project which has a couple stitches of garter on the edges but the main part is a mix of knits & purls, I had to start slipping the first stitch purl wise. Slipping it knit wise was keeping the garter edging too tight and the edges were tight and the middle sagged. I don't know if I'm making sense, lol, but I think if I had anything other than garter I'll slip the stitch purl wise to prevent that edge from being tighter than the body of my work.

Ultimately I think it's whatever looks good to you tho.
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