I’m new to knitting, and only just finished my first project (a soaker). Now suddenly I’m seeing people talking about slipping the first stitch on each row whenever you knit. I have four questions about this:
What is the benefit of slipping the first stitch of each row?
Does it really hurt anything if you don’t?
When working from a pattern, do you add stitches to account for the slipped stitches, or do you just slip the first stitch of each row regardless of what the pattern calls for?
When wouldn’t you slip the first stitch of a row?
Thanks for your answers!