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Umm ... OR one can avoid the 'problem' altogether and knit a slip-stitch edge as one knits! How? On every row, slip the first stitch as though to purl, pass the yarn to the back between the needle tips, and knit the last stitch.
Alternatively, slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last.
Both result in a nice, smooth edge on any knitted fabric, not just garter stitch.
 

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Yep! I am with you, always makes a nice edge.

Jessica-Jean said:
Umm ... OR one can avoid the 'problem' altogether and knit a slip-stitch edge as one knits! How? On every row, slip the first stitch as though to purl, pass the yarn to the back between the needle tips, and knit the last stitch.
Alternatively, slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last.
Both result in a nice, smooth edge on any knitted fabric, not just garter stitch.
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
Umm ... OR one can avoid the 'problem' altogether and knit a slip-stitch edge as one knits! How? On every row, slip the first stitch as though to purl, pass the yarn to the back between the needle tips, and knit the last stitch.
Alternatively, slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last.
Both result in a nice, smooth edge on any knitted fabric, not just garter stitch.
yes, i was going to suggest this. i am knitting a scarf at present and it told me to slip the first stitch purlwise and it gives a really neat, flat edge. great.

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Beware! In my knitting, the slip-first-stitch trick does not work well when knitting on the diagonal/bias. It hasn't the same elasticity as the diagonally/bias knit fabric. Did it once, won't do that again.;)
 

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sylviaelliott said:
i can only see this slip one purlwise (which gives a great edge)working on scarves and straight things. i don't know how it would work if you are sewing pieces together. anyone done that?
Yes. Much as I hate to sew up pieces, I have sewn parts together and they all had the chain selvedge. You can either just matress stitch it as is - flat - or place your stitches just in from the selvedge, leaving the selvedge either on the outside as a decorative touch or on the inside. Personally, I just cannot get my seam to look presentable when the fabric has all those 'bumps' on the edges!
 

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I like the chain stitch idea even when using the slip stitch edge because it seems it would give it a firmness it wouldn't have otherwise. I'm thinking it would be especially helpful for a buttonhole placket. Definitely will give it a try....Thanks for the idea, Deb !
 
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