Do you just slip the first and last stitch. cuz I can’t remember how my muse showed me…I think she brought the yfwd, then slipped the last stitch…then do you knit the first st or slip it???
A selvage st is just the stitch at the edge and may or may not be worked some particular way. I think what you may be asking about is the way to make a chain-like edge on each side of the piece like for a scarf.
You can slip the first st pw wyif and then work the rest as the stitches as you need to and always knit the last st in the row.
Or you can slip the last st pw wyif and K the first stitch in each row as normal. I think for this method you do need to always knit the first stitch and not purl it even on a purl row.
I’ve slipped the last stitch and just do a knit or purl for the first st of the row according to what it should be. If you slip the last one pwise with yarn on the same side as you’ve had it, it works out. If you’re knitting and slip the last st wyib, then the yarn is in front for the first p st of the next row. If you’re on a purl row and leave the yib, then it’s in the right place to knit the first stitch.
I always slip the first stitch purlwise with yarn in front and knit the last stitch. I’ve just gotten used to doing it that way for a nice chained selvage.
OK…slipped yarn pw w/y in front…then when I go to k the first st I have to knit in back of st otherwise the stitch is a big loop…what am I doing wrong:hair:
That loop becomes part of the chained edge. I don’t notice a big loop, but you may need to knit several rows to notice it. Do a swatch and keep going to see if it evens out for you. If not you may be one that needs to slip the last and knit the first.
When you slip with the yarn in front, move it to the back between the needles so you can knit the next stitch.
Slipping doesn’t make nice edges for me, they’re looser and messier than just knitting or purling the st; I think it’s because I use large needles. So what I do is just knit or purl the first st, pull the yarn a bit, then work the next couple sts a little tighter (not the whole row). That helps the edge sts stay nice and even.
This is what I do. With the yarn forward, slip the first stitch purlwise, take yarn to back and then knit the next stitch if that’s what is called for. I use this method on scarves and sweaters. I make the chain selvedge and a garter stitch border on both sides, but only the first stitch is slipped.
I almost forgot. After I slip the first stitch I place my finger on top of that stitch when I go to move the yarn to the back. That helps to keep a nice tension on the selvedge without it being too loose. After I make the 2nd stitch I check to see if I need to snug up the stitches. If so, I gently pull them as snug as needed. Be careful that you don’t get in the habit of pulling them too tight or after you’ve worked a while you may notice that the outer edge is shorter that the body.
This is the problem…when I “slip” the stitch it has it’s own mind…it will not tighten up, therefore, giving me a great big giant loop…
[I][U]I almost forgot. After I slip the first stitch I place my finger on top of that stitch when I go to move the yarn to the back. That helps to keep a nice tension on the selvedge without it being too loose.[/U][/I]
I made a mistake in my instructions above. It should read, "After I slip the first stitch I take hold of the bottom of it by pinched it with my thumb and first finger, holding it from pulling into a large loop while taking the yarn to the back and making the next K st. That helps to keep a nice tension on the selvedge without it being too loose.