Slip 1 purlwise, k to end, what does this mean

Hello there!
This is my first post so i would like to take the opportunity to say hello to everyone, i am a complete beginner, i have just finished my first project which was a headband in garter stitch for my girlfriend.

I know the knit stitch and the purl stitch and i have found this pattern for a lovely looking cowl that i think both of us would like. What i dont want to do is start following this instruction the way i think i should if its not actually the correct way.

The pattern is just repeating this row until it reaches the desired length
Slip 1 purlwise, k to end

Am i right in thinking that i need to slip the first stitch purl wise and then knit the rest of the stitches in that row with a knit stitch, and then do that for every row?

For reference here is the pattern

COWL
Cast on 58 sts.
Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise, k to end.
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 26” from beginning. Bind off
FINISHING
Sew bound off edge to cast on edge

Thanks for any help and also sorry if i have put this in the wrong place.

Hi and welcome.

Am i right in thinking that i need to slip the first stitch purl wise and then knit the rest of the stitches in that row with a knit stitch, and then do that for every row?

You’re right. That’s exactly what you do.

Wow thanks for the VERY speedy reply! :slight_smile:

Just one more question, and thats why slip the stitch and then continue to knit, i mean what is the result of doing that?

Thank you!

Supposedly, slipping the first stitch will make a nice chained edge. I get a looser messier edge when I slip the first one and also don’t think it’s necessary on garter stitch (knit every row). You don’t have to do it, just knit the stitch instead.

I do get a nice chained edge when I slip.

Like Sue says though you don’t have to. I wonder if that’s because I generally use smaller needles and she uses larger… :think:

Whatever you choose though be consistent and it’ll look nice.

My looser gauge probably has a lot to do with it. But I’m not so sure the chained edge really looks that great with garter stitch, definitely looks good with stockinette or ribbing though.

When the instructions show sl1 purlwise, should the yarn be in front?

Always slip a stitch purlwise unless pattern states otherwise. So yes yarn should be in front.

Slipping the First Stitch