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fray
« on: July 13, 2007 01:50:22 PM »

Hello!

I'm curious to know what technques people like for knitting the edge of a piece.  My edges are always a mess!  When it's an edge that will get sewn to another edge I can hide it but sometimes there are projects that show your edge and mine are embarrasing! 
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HotRock
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2007 03:16:33 PM »

Try slipping the first stitch of every row - it makes a nice looking edge. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 04:02:48 PM »

I do the same thing as HotRock, and love the look. I know on some projects, like afghans, people crochet the edges, but I have no idea how. (Haven't yet figured out crochet myself . . .)
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sherry71
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007 04:26:57 PM »

Ditto.  When I learned to slip the 1st stitch of each row, my knitting looked much more complete & nice.  I still will sometimes do a crochet edge, mostly on blankets though.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007 04:43:26 PM »

The slip stitch absolutely gives a nice even edge, and is very easy to do.

A word of caution, however, DO NOT do it on edges that are going to be seamed.  I have found that it is impossible to make the seams look nice, and I know a couple of other people who have had the same problem.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007 08:43:09 PM »

A word of caution, however, DO NOT do it on edges that are going to be seamed.  I have found that it is impossible to make the seams look nice, and I know a couple of other people who have had the same problem.

I'll second this.  I've heard some people say that it makes mattress stitch easier since you don't have to count, but it just looks really bad when I've done it. 
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soozeq
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007 08:59:18 PM »

When I slip the first stitch they're even looser than knitting them. I did start giving the first stitch a little pull which takes up the slack in the stitch below (last one on the previous row). That helped neaten them up a lot.
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amyb444
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007 10:33:34 PM »

When I slip the first stitch they're even looser than knitting them. I did start giving the first stitch a little pull which takes up the slack in the stitch below (last one on the previous row). That helped neaten them up a lot.
If I'm knitting stockinette, my knit rows are fine when I slip that stitch, but the purl row slipped stitch always ends up being huge! I've tried slipped it both knit- and purlwise, so I don't know what's going on.
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fray
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2007 05:15:19 PM »

I should try slipping the stitch.  I tried a technique in one of debbie stoller's books that suggested knitting (or purling) the first stitch and then when you slip the needle in to knit (or purl) the next stitch to pull on the end to tighten it up... but my edges still look messy.  Maybe I get overzealous with my pulling and pull it too tight...

For my next project I will try slipping the first stitch on any edges that aren't to be seemed. 

Thanks everyone!
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Twas brillig, and the slithy toves,
   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogroves,
   And the mome raths outgrabe.
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