To slip the 1st st or not

I’m knitting a cardigan in St st.

Question: do you slip the first st of the row, or do you knit it? I’ve heard advice on both sides, but I can’t decide which is best.

What’s the benefit of slipping? of knitting?

Thanks!
Rae

If you’re going to seam, I personally don’t think it makes a difference. I don’t slip if I’m seaming, just because I don’t always remember to do it. It’s easier for me to be consistent if I just knit.

I do like to slip the first stitch, even for seaming, I find that it makes it easier to see where to sew. BUT I have discovered on my latest project that in some cases it is better NOT to slip. I’m making a baby cardigan and slipped the first stitch of every row, including up the armhole shaping. BAD idea! :doh: The part that gets seamed to the armhole is the top of the sleeve, of course, which is bound off NOT slipped, so I had to fudge a bit to figure out which stitches belonged to which.

I don’t know if that made any sense!! My bottom line is that if it’s a side seam where it will be seamed to an identical piece then slipping is a good idea (in my opinion!)