blanket/Afghan sides-neater look?

Working a great baby blanket pattern-but need help w/ the edges. The pattern says to knit the last stitch of every row, I’m just not happy w/ the way they look-although they sides themselves are even and straight, the individual stitches look sloppy. I tried Sl1 purlwise the first and last stitches of each row, but that leaves a knotted look to that stitch-I was hoping to have the edge look more like an integrated part of the fabric. Any ideas? thanks!

You can get a slipped st edging if you slip the first stitch of the row [I]and[/I] knit the last stitch of every row. I’m not sure what pattern st you’re using on the blanket, but that gives you a rather smooth, neat edge.

I don’t like slipping the sts they come out looser and messier for me. What I do is knit or purl the first stitch, pull the yarn a little, then do the next couple a little tighter. Neat and even edges.