Slipped edge stitches are used on garment pieces that won’t be sewn together (front edges, button and buttonhole bands, the long edges of scarves and shawls). Choose your edge stitch technique wisely, and your edges will be pretty and distinctive—and even hold up better over time!
Check out these knitted edge techniques from KNITTING DETAILS FROM START TO FINISH, the knitting handbook that answers the questions you never even knew you needed to ask!
↑ Garter stitch. The first stitch in each row is knitted through the back loop; the last stitch is slipped purlwise with yarn in front.
↑ Garter stitch. The first stitch in each row is slipped purlwise with yarn in front; the last stitch is knitted.
↑ Garter stitch. The last two stitches in each row are slipped purlwise with yarn in front; the first two stitches are knitted. (This makes a particularly good edging for scarves!)
↑ Garter stitch. On right side, slip the second stitch from the edge with yarn behind; purl on wrong side. Knit the outermost stitch at each side on every row. (This edging works well for scarves—and also for button and buttonhole bands!)
↑ K1, p1 ribbing. The second stitch from the edge is a foldline stitch, and makes the edge look clean and tidy.
↑ K2, p2 ribbing. The third stitch from the edge is a foldline stitch, which stabilizes the edge.
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