Wednesday, July 23, 2008


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Have edges that roll? Need to join your edges but their too tight or lumpy and bulky? No Worries – Selvage Solutions Are on their way. Here are a couple of simple techniques to clean up those edges, making joining seams easier, and take the frustration out of your knitting project and placing you on the road to knitting nirvana. YAY!

SLIP GARTER SELVAGE…this type of selvage creates a firm edge. Each of your selvage stitches will be slipped knitwise on one row and knitted on the next row.
It goes like this…

Slip 1, work to last stitch, K1 and Repeat this Row. So, in other words you Slip the first stitch, work in your pattern across the row and then Knit the last stitch.
Ok, moving on…more good stuff that sometimes is not mentioned to a new knitter right away.

SLIP STITCH SELVAGE – oh goodie – one of my favorite secret weapons of knitology!

Follow along as I walk you through it. This is a mega amazing way to create loops along the selvage so that you can easily pick up stitches and make a clean join – very neat and there's no bulk – which we love, right? You will have a clean, neat edges on both sides of your work with this technique.

Right side row - You slip 1 stitch knitwise, and work across your row in your pattern, then the last stitch is Knit (K1).
Wrong side row – Slip 1 stitch purlwise, work across your row in pattern stitch, purl 1 (P1)
Repeat these two rows.

Note: KNITWISE (as if to knit) stitch will twist a bit but that's ok
PURLWISE (as if to Purl) stitch will not twist

There are many more Selvage techniques to explore, but these are two to get you started. Invest in a knitting book which includes clear and concise information and pictures for new knitters. It will help you get off to a great start and if you are a long time knitter – you may find a few tricks you haven't learned yet – even better!

Time to clean up those edges, eliminate the bulk and enjoy your knitting. TADA...



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