Slip stitch

I am trying to knit a scarf that asks for the first stitch of every row to be slipped. I just take the stitch and pass it on to the next needle, but after a few rows I get a long string that interferes with the knitting. Do you know what I am doing wrong? What if I just ignore that slip instruction. Does it make a big difference in the pattern? As always, Thank you, Carolyn, still struggling with the knitting

You are probably making a chain selvage, which looks kind of like an elongated chain on the edge of the fabric. If they don’t specify, you should probably slip the stitch purl-wise. Try clicking on the glossary tab at the top of the page, and looking at the video for sl1p. That will tell you whether you are slipping correctly. Do you happen to have a link to the pattern?

thank you, the pattern is on lion brand under beginners hat and scarf, I’ll try to get the link. I appreciate the quick reply,

This is the scarf pattern:

With A, cast on 17 sts.
Row 1 Slip first st, k 3, p 3, k 3, p 3, k 4.
Row 2 Slip first st, knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.
Rows 3-6 Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice.

Change to B and repeat Rows 1-6.

Change back to A and repeat Rows 1-6. Continue in this manner, changing colors after every 6 rows, until piece measures approximately 66 in or desired length, ending with a 6-row repeat of A.

Bind off loosely and weave in ends.


Cut 10 in strands of yarn, 18 of each color. Place 1 strand each of A and B together and fold in half. Use crochet hook to pull loop through first st, draw ends through loop, and snug loop up against fabric of Scarf. Continue in this way, placing fringe through every other stitch at top and bottom (short sides) of Scarf.

Oh, so it’s just a 3x3 rib with a chain selvage. Hm… I wonder where things are going wrong. What are you doing at the end of the row? It says to knit the knits and purl the purls as they face you, but as a slipped stitch, the last stitch is not really either, is it? You want to make sure that the last stitch of a row is always a knit (the last stitch being the one that you had slipped in the beginning of previous row). Here, let me write it out as it would work with your pattern:

Row 1 Slip first st, k 3, p 3, k 3, p 3, k 4.
Row 2 Slip first st, p 3, k 3, p 3, k 3, p 3, k 1.
Rows 3-6 Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice.

Maybe that’s less confusing.

You can do the scarf without a selvage, but it’ll probably look neater with one.

Here is a little more visual description of how to slip stitches for a chain edge too.

Chain Edge Selvedge

thank you so much, I’m going to try again