Hello everyone. I am new to this forum. I have just taken up knitting after years and I am really enjoying it. I am sure this question has been answered hundreds of times but how to you keep your edges neat? Thanks.
If your pattern allows for it, or you remember to add a stitch to each end of a piece, you can slip the first stitch of every row. It gives a neat, chain-like edge. You can also crochet (either sc or slip stitch) around a piece.
Thanks Becky. Would this also apply if I was doing a stocking stitch jumper with seams?
If it's all stockinette/stocking stitch, slipping the first stitch makes it easier to sew the seams. Try it on a little swatch first and you'll see what I mean
If you're knitting something that needs to be seamed don't worry about it. If you're knitting a scarf or something where edges show you can slip the first stitch and knit the last on every row. It makes a nice chained edge.