Shawl selvedge issues

Okay, so I finally got started on Cozy and have done 2 pattern repeats so far. Only my edges look wonky. I often have this problem, but it’s usually with something that’s going to be seamed, so I ignore it.

I am slipping the first stitch of each row purlwise with the yarn in back. But the edges look different from each other, of course, b/c the rows alternate knit and purl yet I am not doing anything different at the end of the row to compensate for the fact that I will be slipping. I realize now I should’ve done something to compensate. But what?

Now one edge has garter-ish bumps on it and the other looks sort of stockinette-ish. I’m including pics but I don’t think they necessarily show what I’m talking about very well.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to frog this baby and start from scratch b/c whatever I do to fix the problem from here on out, these first 16 rows are going to look funky next to it. But could someone give me a clue what I ought to be doing to make the edges match each other? Should I alternate slipping the first stitch knitwise and purlwise? And if so, when should I do which? Or should I be knitting the last stitch of each row, even on a purl row?

Any and all advice welcome!

:thinking: When I try to get a nicer edge, I slip purlwise on the first stitch and always knit the last stitch. You could add two stitches to the cozy width to include these stitches.

That makes complete sense - wish I’d asked before I started. Thanks, Ingy!

[And would you agree that I need to frog, or is there some way at this point that I can rectify what’s already been done?)

I’d probably start over, because it will be noticeable.

:doh: That’s what I thought, too.

And to ask something that I’m sure you’ve been asked roughly 436 times, when you slip the first st purlwise, do you keep the yarn in front or back?

If the next stitch is a knit, I bring the yarn in back under the right needle and knit the next stitch from there.

If the next stitch is a purl, I bring the yarn under the right needle to the back, then up between the needles to the front to purl the next stitch.

This is the edge of a seed stitch edging that I just did. Both sides look the same.

Thank you!

[Now I’m off to frog. :rollseyes: ]

Here’s another way of doing it. It produces a selvedge edge chain instead of bumps.

http://www.wolfandturtle.net/Yarnpath/index.php/Yarnpath/stupid_knitting_tricks_the_chain_selvedge/

I always use this way because I like the way it looks better. You slip with the yarn in the front and then bring the yarn between the two needles to the back if the next stitch is a knit stitch. The pictures do a really good job of showing what I mean.