|7: Edge Stitches
Some knitters slip the first stitch of
every row. Others purl the first stitch of a knit row, or knit the
first stitch of a plain row. Quite often itís just a habit, or they
may have been advised to do this by another knitter, or they think
it will firm up the edges and stop them curling. Only do something
like this if you are following a pattern and slipping of stitches is
included in the instructions. None of these methods will prevent
edges from curling, so donít bother. All these attempts make perfect
seaming more difficult to achieve, as the edge stitches are
You will get a good result from making sure to work the first and
last stitches of every row as firmly as possible. There is no need
to try to stop edges curling if the edge will be a seam, so donít
waste your time worrying about it.
Nothing can prevent curling edges on stocking stitch.
Not even a crochet row worked later along the edge.
Using any size hook.
Stitched on ribbon backing.
I know, because Iíve tried every trick in the trade! The side edges
of stocking stitch will always curl. The only thing that can stop it is
the addition of a rib or garter stitch band.
Garter stitch doesnít curl at the edges. Rib stitch edges sit fairly
well if you make sure to firm up the first and last stitches of
every row. Many pattern stitches can sit flat at the edges.