Am I waaay over-thinking this one

Hi everyone, I want to use the “slip the first stitch” at beg of row for decorative purposes on my next project. I will be using several different colors…Here’s the dilemma: Rule of thumb always change yarn/color at beg of row, right? So how do you slip the first st and change color all at the same time? :aww: Should I be saving these brain cells for a more difficult project??? Thanks

yes, you are way over-thinking it. Becausee you will be slipping the first stitch the colour change will officially begin on the second stitch. but it really doesn’t matter., because you aren’t knitting the first stitch!

I guess what I mean is this: In order to “join” the yarn, you need to “knit” the new yarn onto the stitch…Right? So how do you “join” a new color (knit) then slip it…and still be a “decorative selvedge edge” :aww:

you’re still doing it (overthinking). Slip the first stitch and join on the first stitch KNIT on the row.

Or you could just slip the last stitch of each row. :wink:

ummm never thought of that!!! as to purl, right?

No matter what you do…knitwise or purlwise, MAKE SURE to check the appearance of the edge as you go row to row. If you slipped a stitch wrong, or whatever, it won’t look right. It should look like this:

Thanks for the pic…NO NO NO my edge DOES NOT LOOK THAT WAY…very nice edge you have going…do you agree with the first replies I got? about the join new color and slipping? [B]I was taught a very nice edging (my teacher is in “heaven” now) andI didn’t write it down or can I remember it, but I think on the last stitch she would bring the yarn around as if to p, sl the last st, then on the beg row, bring the yarn to the back, and k as usual… does that sound right??? Thanks so much[/B]

[B]I was taught a very nice edging (my teacher is in “heaven” now) andI didn’t write it down or can I remember it, but I think on the last stitch she would bring the yarn around as if to p, sl the last st, then on the beg row, bring the yarn to the back, and k as usual… does that sound right???[/B]

I’ve done that on some patterns and it turns out better than slipping the first stitch. I don’t move the yarn, but just slip the last st and when I turn for the next row, the yarn is generally where it needs to be to work that row. I think I slip knitwise, but don’t remember.

I slip the stitch in pattern as if I actually worked the stitch.

Garter- slip as if to knit.
Stockinette- slip as if to knit on the knit side and slip as if to purl on the purl side.
… and so on.

And ArtLady, that is gorgeous! :thumbsup:

I always slip the first stitch as if to knit. I just like the edging a lot better. If I am doing a project, I just add two stitches to the pattern and always slip the stitch as if to knit.
It gives it a great edge and I think that it’s a nice finish. For some odd reason, (maybe some of you more experienced knitters would know better) when I try to purl the first stitch etc, I always get a loose end, no matter how tight I knit it. ho hum…
Here is an example of My So Called Scarf that are on the needles now and you can see what my stitches look like. I am knitting this on Malabrigo color “Intensio” First time I am knitting with this yarn and talk about S-O-F-T. I didn’t know wool could be so soft. (but i still do love cashmere. LOL
Sorry they are so dark, I just did them right this minute to show. :smiley: Hope you can see the slipped stitches.

My slip sts look like your “thumbnail photo” which does not look like ARTLADY…Is is a different stitch pattern? Thanks!!! I think that’s what I’m googin up on (an edge that must be stockinette) and I am working garter…So the slip edge is not going to look the same. Thanks for the pic

Last summer I made my DSL a Malabrigo Irish Hiking Scarf…using “taupe” colorway…very light beiges, creams. The two skeins looked identical but were very different afterall. I used the first skein and got halfway…and about 3" into the 2nd skein…WHOOA NELLY! I could see a distinct 50 yd line!

So I had to re-knit the scarf, alternating the two skeins. :doh:

I transitioned from skein A to skein B [U]on the 3rd stitch[/U]. I carried the ‘resting’ yarn up the channel between the 3rd and 4th stitch.

This produced an INVISIBLE transition one skein to the other, and kept my slip stitch edging just perfect!

CLICK HEREto read all about it! (my Irish Hiking Scarf in Whatcha Knitting)

Oh! Good to know. I’ll have to check it out and see when I change to the new ball. I don’t think that it will be too much of a problem, since there are so many colors in it. But good to know and to look out for. If it’s a big change, I may leave it. LOL Don’t want to pull this one apart! :smiley:

There are quite a few ways to slip the stitches. You can slip your last stitch k or pwise, or you can slip your first stitch k or pwise as well. It gives different looks and for me, it’s just easier to remember. (slipping the first stitch kwise)
Hope that helps. :slight_smile: