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  1. Sue
    Jan 28 - 10:44 pm

    I love that Eye of the Partridge heel, I’ll definitely be trying that! I can always find something new to learn here, Liat. Thank you!

  2. Rae Haller
    Jan 29 - 9:18 pm

    Thanks Liat,
    I feel much better now about how and when to slip that first stitch. You are awesome. It took me several days to get here to read it because I have been trying to read all the threads and responses on the forum in Ravelry. You can really learn so much by doing that. I got so involved with it, that I forgot about your blog, in fact for a while I thought I was on your blog, even though I knew I was on Ravelry. Thanks again for answering my question.

    • liatmgat
      Jan 29 - 11:39 pm

      Hahaha! I’ve been trying to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to me! I was happy about your question because it turned out to be inspiration for what I think is a really good and informative blog post!

  3. Brittany Tyler
    Mar 11 - 8:42 am

    Who is that handsome man modeling the scarf?! As cute as he is, he’s probably already taken :(

  4. Sandi Kritzman
    Jan 13 - 4:04 pm

    When I want a nice smooth chain-like edge on something like a garter st. scarf or garter st. mitered squares where I will have to pick up and knit ,what I do that works is I slip the last stitch of each row Purl-wise with the yarn in front and I knit through the back loop of the first stitch of each row. I learned that on the first garment I knit which was a mitered square vest and luckily the instructions said it would be easier to do it that way. At the time I had no idea why, but now I do!

    • liatmgat
      Jan 15 - 8:48 pm

      Hi Sandi!

      Thanks so much for sharing this story! I’m so glad that you learned the right way, even if you didn’t know that you were doing it right when you learned!

      Keep up the great work!

  5. penandra
    Jan 22 - 7:10 pm

    I was just doing a search for a friend of mine about slipped stitch edges and found your blog . . . just wanted to comment on the garter stitch info above . . .

    I DO slip the first stitch on garter stitch, however, I slip with yarn in front, then move yarn to the back . . . it gives a very nice clean finish (similar to what you get when you slip in stockinette) — much (much, much, much) cleaner than a regular edge in stockinette.

    I have just finished making three (3!!!) Einstein coats from Sally Melville’s pattern (all for children) all in garter stitch and all edges slip stitch . . . made it very easy to seam, to join pieces (since it’s really an origami kind of sweater) and to pick up stitches for where I revised the pattern and put on a bottom rib, a button/buttonhole band, and a collar.

    You may want to revisit this using the yf slip yb knit approach.


    • liatmgat
      Jan 23 - 7:50 pm

      Wow, thanks for this great suggestion! I will have a look at this. Thanks so much for commenting!

    • Liat Gat
      Dec 29 - 11:12 pm

      I just did this on a project and it worked great! Thanks :)

  6. JD
    Sep 08 - 5:40 pm

    Hi. Thanks for all your helpful information. It’s really wonderful support for a novice knitter like me.

    I have tried the ‘slip first stitch’ on a stockinette piece I am making, and while the knit row is fine, the slipped stitch on the purl row is really loose. I’ve tried all the different techniques to tighten it up (slip knitwise, yarn in front, purl last stitch of knit row, etc) but nothing works.

    I’m sure it is a problem with the way I knit, but can’t figure it out. Any help much appreciated! Thanks!

    • Liat Gat
      Sep 10 - 2:10 pm

      Hm. Without behind able to see you knit, here’s what I would try: slip the first stitch of the purl row, purl the next stitch, and then tug the yarn, tightening both stitches. Sometimes when you have two stitches it’s a little easier to tighten them. I think of them like two camel humps (I don’t know why – probably something Cat Bordhi came up with…) Anyway- I hope this helps!

  7. janie
    Jan 14 - 3:55 pm

    I have a question about, can you use this slip stitch method when your making ,for example, a sweater with a pattern stitch?

    • Liat Gat
      Jan 15 - 7:22 pm

      Sure! You can use a slip-stitch in any pattern. Just note that it will pull in a little more than regular stockinette stitch. Make a swatch and see for yourself!

  8. Kathryn
    Jan 24 - 12:37 am

    I made a headband for my daughter that called for every row to begin with a slip one stitch with the yarn in front. When I finished the headband rolled up like a little rope. Was it because I slipped the purl rows as well as the knit rows?

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 03 - 10:25 am

      No, it’s probably because the headband was knitted in stockinette stitch and stockinette stitch likes to roll up, regardless of whether you slip the edge stitch or not. You’d have to do something like a 2-stitch garter-stitch border to really stop the fabric from rolling. If you post a link to the pattern you followed in our forum at, we can take a look at it and give you more specific advice.

  9. Esther St John
    Feb 04 - 5:37 pm

    thanks for making this so easy and understandable. I am a first time knitter and need all the help I can get.!!

    • Liat Gat
      Feb 14 - 3:54 pm

      You are so welcome, Esther. I will definitely be here for you as you continue to learn. :)

      Happy Knitting!

  10. nike femme
    May 10 - 2:52 am

    Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Liat Gat
      May 11 - 12:44 am

      Hey Nike, yes! But it’s a complex answer and I’d like to give you the benefit of my experience working with a few different platforms. The thing is, it’s really late at night right now. I’m emailing myself a reminder and I’ll email you a well-thought-out response in a few days when I get to my email. I hope that works for you!

    • Liat Gat
      May 27 - 10:35 pm

      Hi Nike,

      Well I tried emailing you but it didn’t go through. Here was my answer to your question:

      “Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to your comment. It’s been crazy around here because of the launch of the latest e-book. Are you still wondering which blogging platform to use?

      Mine is a site, but I am in the middle of a very serious redesign and will be using Drupal for my new site. Which platform to use really depends on what you are going to use it for, what your current level of expertise is, and how much time you are willing to spend learning.

      The layout of the site – how it looks – is pretty independent of the platform, so if looks are what you want, there’s no need to choose a complex and robust platform like Drupal. Except for that it’s awesome, but definitely has a steeper learning curve.

      I’d be happy to go over the pros and cons of each platform with you.

      Something I’d recommend is going to and watching the overview videos for each of the platforms – WordPress and Drupal 7. I watched the complete course for WordPress when I got started a few years ago, and then when it was time to switch to Drupal I watched that tutorial.

      Just so you know my personal opinion: I’m switching to Drupal and never looking back. But everyone’s needs are unique. Make sure you know what yours are before you make any big decisions!”

  11. Casey
    Feb 18 - 5:12 am

    I realize this blog post is years and years old but I’m hoping you may still reply to questions. My pattern says to slip the LAST stitch of each row knit wise. Is that do-able? I’m trying to practice with a swatch and can’t seem to figure it out. Thank you.

  12. Beth
    Nov 03 - 2:59 am

    Love the video, thanks for posting it. My question is about slipping the first stitch for easier seaming later. Do you add the slipped stitch to the pattern count or just slip it regardless of what stitch the pattern calls for? Thanks!

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