Chained Edges - from the HK world

edges on the knitting machine
"normal" loop and knot edge
edges on the knitting machine
Chained edge

When hand knitting, we are often instructed to work a special edge stitch, especially along edges that aren't going to be seamed. A popular hand knit edge is to "slip the first stitch as if to purl" on every row. This creates a finished chained edge. Machine knitters can duplicate this edge.
  1. Un-knit the first stitch next to the carriage.
  2. Make sure the working yarn is under the first needle.
  3. Knit across
  4. Repeat for the desired length.
Notice that in "normal" knitting (working the first stitch of every row) we end up with a loop and a knot along the edge. (left image above)

When you slip the first stitch every other row, a loose chain forms. (right image above) Notice that this edge is loose, and depending on your stitch pattern and knitting tension, it may be sloppy. Try it on a swatch first.
manually slip the first stitch
Yarn under the needle

Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 11/28/2014 at 3:54 PM | Categories: Stitch Techniques -


Alysha in KY

Alysha in KY wrote on 12/02/14 11:46 AM

I do a tuck version of this on my Bond. I simply bring the first needle carriage side to HP and put the last needle opposite to FWP. I get a nice crochet chain stitch edge that easier to see for SAY and crocheted edgings.

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