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Even Edges
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.

Seam Edge
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.

"Knotted" Edge
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.

Chain Edge
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.

Another Tip
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