Garter Stitch Slipped Stitch Selvedge

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This method provides a decorative edge to garter stitch, and can be worked along one side of the work or both, depending on how or where the knitting will be used.

I have found that sometimes this edge is a little loose, and that depends on the gauge and yarn. However, if the slipped stitch edge is along an edge where stitches will be picked up, picking up one stitch in behind the slipped stitch edge really neatens up the work and looks very effective; even more so if combined with columns of slipped stitches worked in a different direction.

Grafting this slipped stitch edge can be done – the trick is to treat the selvedge and the first stitch as stocking stitch, then switch to the method for grafting garter stitch.

1) Knit until the last stitch of the row on the side where the slipped stitch edge will be.
2) Bring the yarn forward
3) Slip the stitch from the left hand needle to the right hand needle
4) Turn your work
5) Then bring the yarn around to the front and knit as normal.
6) This is how the edge will appear – similar to a crochet chain, and it works really well in projects where a crochet provisional cast-on is used as a permanent cast on.


As always, if you have a question about this technique or need some help with it, leave a comment below! I’m afraid I’m unable to offer help via email or private message, but you’re welcome to post in our forum.


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