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« on: January 11, 2009 03:53:49 PM »

 Huh Ok I am still teaching myself to knit and I am working on learning new stitch patterns.  The book says a selvage stitch to start and end with is this just a knit stitch or a slipped stitch what is best.  I am making squares that will be made into a blanket. 

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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009 04:07:50 PM »

well after i posted I did some more searching on here and I think I found my response.  I couldn't remove my own post so maybe others can tell me what is their fav selvage stitch
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009 02:08:29 AM »

I like to do a knit stitch at the end of every row. It looks much nicer!
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009 05:18:51 AM »

Selvage just means knitting the first and last 1 or 2 stitches on each row.

If you do a knit stitch at the start of each row it'll stop your work from curling as much (If you're using a curly stitch). You need to cast on 2 extra stitches for your selvage (If you're using a fancy pattern. For plain stockinette, dun worry).

If you do a slip stitch as the first stitch of each row it make a neater edge that is easier to sew together and pick up stitches from. You'll need to cast on 2 extra stitches and knit the last stitch of row. (If you're using a fancy pattern. For plain stockinette, dun worry).

I think you should slip the first stitch for this project. It'll make it easier to sew together. The weight of the other squares will hold the squares mostly flat.

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009 09:33:16 AM »

If you're going to sew the edges, there's no need to slip a stitch, the edge is hidden in the seam on the WS. Many knitters find when they slip the edge stitch it makes gaps and holes when seamed.

A stockinette pattern needs much more than 1 or even 2 sts at the edges in garter or seed to stop it from rolling, usually an inch worth.

The selvedge stitch is just the one on each edge and it's usually already in the pattern so you don't need to do anything different with it.

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