Monday, May 23, 2011
Re-thinking Nice Edges
The above photo is of two different sections of a long strip of knitting. The directions were to knit every row of 12 stitches across, until you had a 49 inch long piece.
Notice the one on the left? I followed the directions to the letter, knitting every row. Notice the one on the right? I slipped the 1st stitch, then knit across on every row. I like the look and smooth edge of the right photo the best, but you be the judge.
This is a closeup of the knit 12 stitches across edge.
This is a closeup of the slipped 1st stitch, and knit the remainder of the row. As far as I'm concerned, if you're looking for a smooth edge, and I am, since this will be the bottom of the sweater band, slipping the 1st stitch is the way to go.
There are probably a lot of knitters out there, more experienced than I am, who know this already, and I'm really showing my ignorance, Oh well, I'm self taught, and I learn everything the hard way.
When the sweater is complete, the bottom band will be bumpy and smooth. I didn't pick up on this little clue, until about halfway through.