A step-by-step tutorial for a very smart edge technique that will keep stockinette stitch stay flat.
Stockinette stitch is one of the first knitting stitch patterns any beginner will learn. It’s not only easy to knit, but it also looks super smooth and pretty. There is just one problem: When you knit it flat, it keeps rolling in on all sides. In this tutorial, I want to show you a very ingenious edge that helps to prevent that.
It’s important to note that this edge alone will only be able to fix part of the problem. The sides will still curl, and so will the fabric further up the fabric (if you want to know how to fix that, read my full tutorial to prevent knitting from curling). It is, however, a very good start!
Let’s show you how to knit it!
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- Cast-on as many stitches as you want using a long-tail cast-on.
- Knit across 3 rows in stockinette stitch starting with a purl row.
R1: purl across
R2: knit across
R3: purl across
Consider adding the selvage of your choice to prevent the sides from curling as well.
- On the right side, slip the first stitch after your selvage knitwise.
- Pick up the purl bump one row below the slipped stitch on the wrong side.
Here's a close-up shot from the wrong side showing which purl bump you need to pick up.
- Slip the loop back to the left needle but keep the right needle in the stitch.
- Knit the extra loop through the back loop.
- Pass the second stitch on the right needle (the one that you've slipped) over the first stitch.
This will tie these two layers together.
- Repeat steps 3-6 until the end of the row/start of your selvage.
Instead of starting on the wrong side with a purl row, you can also knit across the first row. Then you only need to knit two rows before you start with step 3. I personally feel that an in-pattern edge looks better but definitely try out both.
Knitting this edge will require a bit of patience and practice. At first, picking up these loops from behind might feel a bit cumbersome. Once you fall into a rhythm, I do feel it’s somewhat easy. Besides, I feel this edge is a little bit less intrusive than other ways to prevent the edges from rolling in.