I need some help with this one. I started a project that said to slip the first and last stitch on each RS and to purl the first and last stitch on each WS. I slip the first stirch on the RS then follow that directions correctly for the row but come to the end stictch witch is to be slipped and I end up with a loop or unknitted stitch. That is to say the yarn still hangs down from the second to the last stitch as if I should knit or purl the last loop. This is incorrect isn't it? What am I doing wrong? I accept all help and hints.



KenInMaine's picture

It doesn't make sense to me. Like you said, if you you slip the last stitch of a row and then turn your work, the working yarn would be coming from the second stitch on your left needle. Sounds wrong...

I have definitely worked patterns that have called for purling the last stitch of every row, turning your work and then slipping the first stitch of the next row. Should give you a neat slipped stitch edge. I'm not sure if this is what your pattern is asking you to do, but you could always try it on a small swatch and see how it looks. Hope this may be of some help to you!

rmbm612's picture

Try this because I use this technique all the time. It creates a neat chain of stitches along each side of your work. On the first row on the right side of your work, slip the first stitch from the left needle to the right needle as if to purl with the yarn in the front of the right hand needle. The working yarn MUST be over the right hand needle BEFORE you slip that first stitch. Once the first stitch has been slipped, bring the working yarn between the needle tips and finish the row, knitting the last stitch of the row. Turn your work. On the wrong side of the work, Row 2, slip the first stitch purlwise, and continue knitting the remainder of the row until you reach the last stitch, and knit that last stitch. Slip the first stitch purlwise and knit the last stitch of every row. Remember not to overly tighten those first stitches because it takes two rows of knitting to make one chain stitch on the edges. Try it by casting on 10 stitches and do a practice swatch in stockinette and it will make sense after knitting just 10 rows. If you have a complicated stitch pattern you can add two stitches to the total number of stitches called for in the directions and designate the first and last stitches to creating that chained selvage. It really makes piecing together sleeves to armholes and side seams together. Hope that make some sense to you. Good luck

raydio's picture

Yes, it's correct. The yarn will be coming from the next to last st when you turn your work. (As the other posters have pointed out, there is more than one way to end up with the same thing, this is one.)

If you're knitting stockinette st (RS knit) you'd just purl the first st. (Insert needle with yarn *behind* the needle for a chained edge. (If you insert the needle w/ yarn in *front* of the needle, you'll get a YO on the edge. Is that what your pattern calls for?)

Does the pattern have you slip the edge sts Kwise or Pwise? One way the edge st is twisted, the other way not. It may or may not matter depending on the pattern.


KenInMaine's picture

Very cool, thanks for sharing your knowledge of this. I have never had a pattern that has called for this type of edging. Always great to learn something new!

raydio's picture

Thanks, but I misworded my response about the needle and yarn positions. I have them reversed. Oy!

So, you purl the first st with the needle behind the yarn. Otherwise you get the YO.

If I could delete the old incorrect post, I'd do it. :-(

Sorry. Knit happens.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My take on this is that you are slipping the stitches knitwise, which puts the yarn forward for the purling. I agree with the idea of doing a test swatch just to experiment with the technique and become comfortable with it.
My preferred slip stitch edging is to slip the last stitch purlwise, yarn in front and then knit the first stich on the following row. I find it makes for a more even edge but that may be because I'm so used to it.
Lots of luck with the new project.

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phew's picture

Thanks for all of the help guys and I believe that I solved the problem with your help. I experimented with the "unknitted" loop at the end of the row and just decided to do a purl stitch as instructed but using the yarn to the left of it (does this make sense?) and it worked out just fine. I believe a few of you suggested this. Onward and upward!


raydio's picture

If you mean using your "working yarn", which would be to the left of the slipped edge st once you have turned your work, YES, that's the ticket. Purl that edge st with your working yarn.

Note: With your needle *behind* the yarn.