It seems that the most popular way to make neat side edges is to slip the first and purl the last stitches of every row. This little trick creates a lovely chain of stitches at each side of the project.
It looks great, but when we need to seam slip stitch edges we have to be careful about the type of seam we use. Because every chain of the edge is formed every other row, basic mattress stitch will create a fairly loose join.
For years, I’ve been using backstitch to join slip-stitch edges, but recently I stumbled upon another type of seam that is as reliable as backstitch but forms a flatter join that also looks lovely on the wrong side of the work.
Let’s see how it works.
As you see, this seam is almost invisible. It works with any stitch pattern. Because we use just one leg of each edge stitch, seaming evens out the stitches that are next to the edge stitches. This solves the only major drawback of slip stitch selvedges – loose stitches at the edge of the work.
In addition to all these benefits, the seam is much flatter than seams formed by mattress stitch and backstitch. And if you look at the wrong side of the work, you will be pleasantly surprised by the look of a neat band formed by chains of stitches.
But that’s not all. I tested this way of seaming to see how it works for joining two bind off edges (to make a shoulder seam, for example) and this method passed the test with flying colours. The seam is flat and secure with a lovely band of chains of stitches at the back. What a great way to make seams!
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.
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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:
“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book
Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.
“Neat Side Edges” Book
Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.
Dealing with Unfinished Projects
Dictionary of Knitting Symbols and Abbreviations – E-Book
Eastern (Russian) Knitting Simplified
How to Shape Neckline Without Binding Off Stitches – E-Book
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