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Oct 13, 2011 09:10:57   #
mairmie
 
Hi all: Have been knitting for MANY years and until I became a member of KP I`d never heard of slipping the first stitch in a row.
Are both the first AND last stitches slipped?
Are the stitches slipped knitways on the knit side of knitting and purlways on the purl side of knitting? I want to get as neat an edge as possible. Thanks for the help. This is my favourite site to learn from other knitters. Cheers!

Mairmie
 
Oct 13, 2011 09:20:16   #
Cindy M
 
No, only the first stitch of every row is slipped. This gives you a nice chain on each side. This really looks nice if you're doing the Brioche stitch. This makes it easier to seam articles. It looks great on reversible scarves. It also makes picking up stitches easier for sock heel gussets and gives it a nice looking seam.
Oct 13, 2011 10:15:30   #
e.ridenh
 
mairmie wrote:
Hi all: Have been knitting for MANY years and until I became a member of KP I`d never heard of slipping the first stitch in a row.
Are both the first AND last stitches slipped?
Are the stitches slipped knitways on the knit side of knitting and purlways on the purl side of knitting? I want to get as neat an edge as possible. Thanks for the help. This is my favourite site to learn from other knitters. Cheers!

Mairmie

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Slip st #1 as if to purl unless directed otherwise, Mairmie. Don't slip the last one as it will be #1 when you turn; If doing '''in the round work, I don't slip at all.

There are several other selvage (seldvage) stitches you can view over on Google and explanations on when to apply them.

If within a row, I slip as if to purl UNLESS the directions for that application say otherwise.

If you're seaming an item later, using a selvage stitch will eliminate that bump you get on the side if you were NOT slipping. A slipped purl stitch will cant to the right for a righthander; Be consistent.

I once sat down with Google and selvage stitches and swathed them all - curious as how the edge would look if I slipped one row as if to purl and the next row as if to knit, that's what I did knowing I wasn't going to seam this swatch.

I had fun! LOL!

So, read your pattern for its specs on the selvage stitch they recommend; If you're seaming your item later, the very least I think you would do is slip st #1 as if to purl.

Good luck.

Donna Rae :thumbup:
Oct 13, 2011 12:29:43   #
mairmie
 
Thanks a lot Donna Rae. You`re certainly up on all things to do with knitting. We`re all very lucky to have you as a member as we all need to "pick your brain" from time to time.

So I just slip Purlwise at the beginning of every row whether it be a knit row or a purl row.Hope I got it right. Thanks again Mairmie
Oct 13, 2011 13:09:13   #
audreypam
 
HI I ALWAYS SLIP THE FIRST STITCH OF EACH ROW, KNITWISE ON KNIT ROW AND PURLWISE ON A PURL ROW, MAKES A NEATER EDGE TO YOUR KNITTING

HAPPY KNITTING
AUDREYPAM
Oct 13, 2011 15:19:00   #
mairmie
 
Thanks Audreypam....slip knitwise on Knit row and purlwise on purl row.....Makes sense. Thanks for your info. Mairmie
 
Oct 14, 2011 11:34:39   #
kittyknit
 
Cindy M wrote:
No, only the first stitch of every row is slipped. This gives you a nice chain on each side. This really looks nice if you're doing the Brioche stitch. This makes it easier to seam articles. It looks great on reversible scarves. It also makes picking up stitches easier for sock heel gussets and gives it a nice looking seam.


Thanks for the tip abt it
Oct 14, 2011 11:36:42   #
kittyknit
 
[quote=kittyknit]
Cindy M wrote:
No, only the first stitch of every row is slipped. This gives you a nice chain on each side. This really looks nice if you're doing the Brioche stitch. This makes it easier to seam articles. It looks great on reversible scarves. It also makes picking up stitches easier for sock heel gussets and gives it a nice looking seam.


Thanks for the tip abt it... oops! hit the send by accident!the tip about it making it easier to p/u stitches with the sl of the first stitch..

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Oct 14, 2011 14:18:51   #
knitterbee
 
When I first learned to knit I was told you should slip either the first or the last stitch. I have always slipped the first. There are people who always slip the last. It doesn't matter which, as long as you are consistent. I had a friend that would randomly slip one and her edges turned out terrible! When she asked what she had done wrong and I told her, she said, "you said it didn't matter if I slipped the first or the last". So don't forget "consistently".
Oct 14, 2011 16:07:30   #
ann44
 
I begin all rows with a slip stitch but always knit the last stitch of the row even if it is a purl row. This gives a very neat finish to the edge.
Oct 14, 2011 18:04:18   #
CatKnit (a regular here)
 
Slipping the 1st stitch purlwise makes a really nice border especially on garter stitch scarves, they don't stretch out at both ends that way.
 
Oct 14, 2011 18:21:34   #
Rossi
 
I always knit the first stitch even ona purl row
Oct 14, 2011 19:37:31   #
jeanbess
 
[quote=e.ridenh]
mairmie wrote:
Hi all: Have been knitting for MANY years and until I became a member of KP I`d never heard of slipping the first stitch in a row.
Are both the first AND last stitches slipped?
Are the stitches slipped knitways on the knit side of knitting and purlways on the purl side of knitting? I want to get as neat an edge as possible. Thanks for the help. This is my favourite site to learn from other knitters. Cheers!

Mairmie

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Slip st #1 as if to purl unless directed otherwise, Mairmie. Don't slip the last one as it will be #1 when you turn; If doing '''in the round work, I don't slip at all.

There are several other selvage (seldvage) stitches you can view over on Google and explanations on when to apply them.

If within a row, I slip as if to purl UNLESS the directions for that application say otherwise.

If you're seaming an item later, using a selvage stitch will eliminate that bump you get on the side if you were NOT slipping. A slipped purl stitch will cant to the right for a righthander; Be consistent.

I once sat down with Google and selvage stitches and swathed them all - curious as how the edge would look if I slipped one row as if to purl and the next row as if to knit, that's what I did knowing I wasn't going to seam this swatch.

I had fun! LOL!

So, read your pattern for its specs on the selvage stitch they recommend; If you're seaming your item later, the very least I think you would do is slip st #1 as if to purl.

Good luck.

Donna Rae when you slip the first stitch do you have to add a extra stitch to the pattern
JeanB
Oct 14, 2011 20:17:58   #
Damaris
 
I have heard many KP'ers mention about slipping the first stitch purlwise in order to have a nice edge. Can you also do this when ribbing, or is this an exception?

ann44 wrote:
I begin all rows with a slip stitch but always knit the last stitch of the row even if it is a purl row. This gives a very neat finish to the edge.
Oct 14, 2011 22:08:44   #
knitterbee
 
You can slip the first stitch when doing the ribbing also. If you have 2 knits at each end or 2 purls at each end with a k2p2 rib, the edge stitches become the seam and the rib is unbroken.

I have never added any stitches to slip, since patterns usually expect the edge stitches to be in the seam.

Damaris wrote:
I have heard many KP'ers mention about slipping the first stitch purlwise in order to have a nice edge. Can you also do this when ribbing, or is this an exception?

ann44 wrote:
I begin all rows with a slip stitch but always knit the last stitch of the row even if it is a purl row. This gives a very neat finish to the edge.
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