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How to stitch a Perfect Selvage Edge

July 30th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Selvage stitches are used to give a smooth or decorative look to the exposed edges that are left after your project is completed. For example, including a selvage stitch on the edges of scarves, infant’s bibs or pin-folds will also solve the problem of your garment curling back on it. However, the selvage stitch has another purpose which is to join edges together or sew up seams. This makes it easier for knitters to give their knitted clothing a neat and professional look.

Step 1: work on the right side (rs) of your garment. Then slip the first stitch knitwise (as to knit) off the left needle and knit to the end of the row.

Step 2: work on the wrong side (ws) of your garment. Then slip the first stitch purlwise (as if to purl) off the left needle and purl to the end of the row.

Repeat the two steps throughout your garment.

Knitwise consist of inserting your knitting needle into the stitch as if you were going to knit, but instead you slip the stitch onto the other needle. To complete purlwise you need to slip the stitch to the other needle in the same manner.