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Do you always slip stitches Purlwise?
To slip a stitch, insert the RH needle purlwise (as if you were going to purl) into the first stitch on the LH needle and slip it off the LH needle onto the RH needle. Unless your instructions specifically tell you to slip a stitch knitwise, always slip a stitch as if you were going to purl it.
Do you slip first and last stitch?
On the purl side, or wrong side, follow the same steps: slip the first stitch without knitting or purling, purl the rest of the stitches except for the last one, knit the last stitch.
What does slipping a stitch do?
Slipping a stitch means it isn’t knitted that round. No extra yarn is added. So a slip stitch will naturally pull the yarn a little bit tighter from one row to the next. This results in a consistent tension and stitch size from row to row.
How do I keep the edges of my knitting from curling?
The most well known method to prevent curling is by blocking. How do you do that? When you’re finished knitting your project and you’ve bound off your stitches, put your garment into tepid water with a bit of pH neutral soap. Let the wool soak for about 30 minutes, but don’t rub!
Does slip stitch count as a stitch?
When counting your chain stitches at the start of a pattern—which you must do very carefully before continuing—note that the loop on the crochet hook is never counted as a stitch and the starting slip knot is never counted as a stitch.