I mentioned this in the newsletter this week, but in case you missed it, I’ve got 2 new patterns ready to launch in the coming weeks! One feature both patterns have in common is a chain edge, and I realized a great way to tease the new releases would be to share my how I knit my chain edges!
To create a chain edge while working flat, each row of knitting begins and ends with a twisted stitch. The slipping of each row’s first stitch with the yarn in front and knitting through the back loop of the last stitch results in a braid-like edge. I love using a chain edge in garter stitch for a smooth, finished look. So often in garter, the edges of your work end up uneven or loose, which isn’t the cutest. Even if you try to tighten your edge loops as you go, simply tightening my edge loops was my go-to garter edge solution for years, it’s impossible to get the crisp, squared off look that comes from a chain edge.
There you have it! When you’re working flat, just slip the first stitch of each row with yarn in front, and knit the last stitch through the back loop, and your chain edge is set. It’s that easy!