So you can have even more fun knitting in future and the results are even better. Here you'll find knitting tips to download on a regular
basis. These tips - some with descriptive diagrams - can be saved in PDF format, printed and collected.
Basic principles for beginners will be explained as well special professional tricks for those who want to learn more.
|Knitting Tip- Edge Stitches
What makes the edges of your knit-work
nice and even is not necessarily the edge stitches, but the stitches you knit immediately
before and after these. What's more they tend to disappear somewhere in the seam so
they're often not visible at all. So how you knit your edge stitches is ultimately up to
you. However, in some cases it is often wise to decide on certain methods.
This is the most common method and suitable for all knitted pieces that are going
to be sewn together. With the seam edge an edge stitch is worked in every row. This is the
ideal preparation for a seam that is going to be worked in mattress stitch or for picking up stitches for a
border finish etc.
Seam edge in stocking stitch:
On the right side the first and last stitch is knitted, on the wrong side purled.
With this edge the edge stitches are worked in every row, but with this method
the edges are pulled a bit tighter. This method is often used for patterns that tend to
stretch in length-wise (e.g. garter stitch or brioche stitch)
Knotted edge in garter stitch:
The first and last stitch is knitted in both the right-side and wrong-side rows.
Alternatively, depending on the pattern the first and last stitch can be purled.
For edge stitches that don't disappear in seams, (e.g. scarves) the chain edge is
the most decorative finish. With this method the edge stitches are only worked in every
second row. This means that small holes can appear after two rows and these can still be
seen once the seams have been closed.
Classic chain edge in stocking stitch:
In the right side rows the first and last stitch is picked up as if to purl with the yarn
in front of the work. In the wrong side rows knit the first stitch through the back of the
loop and knit the last stitch.
Decorative chain edge in stocking stitch :
In the right side rows knit the first stitch through the back of the loop; knit the last
stitch. In the wrong side rows the first and last stitch is picked up as if to purl with
the yarn in front of the work.
If you've always been unhappy with your edge stitches try out one of these
techniques. However, if you've already found your ideal method then stick with it. If
you're satisfied you can't go wrong