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Poledra65 said:
You can slip the first stitch of each row if you are going to be seaming them, it makes a cleaner edge to join.
It makes a smoother, more finished edge even if you aren't seaming it to another piece. It will give you a more professional look on the open edges of your finished piece.
 

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Schipperke said:
I always slip the first stitch of any row whether it's garter stitch, stocking stitch or ribbing. I think it makes a much neater edge for picking up to sew up.
I'll have to try that. My edges just all ways look so bumpe. Bell
 

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IMHO ~ the answer is "yes". Makes selvage smoother and easier to contruct the garment.
Learned this from an English WWII bride who forgot more about knitting than I will ever know! It's worked for me ever since.
 

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If the stitch would be knit, slip it knitwise. If the stitch would be purled, slip it purlwise. I always slip the first stitch, no matter what I'm knitting.
 
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