Many shawls and scarves have garter stitch borders which help to minimize rolling edges. But sometimes I want a cleaner edge that a garter border produces.
One of the favorite techniques for a pretty edge is to “slip the first stitch purlwise with yarn in front” on each row. That is a mouthful and what it does is give you a smooth almost braided look to your edges since the yarn is passed between the first and second stitches rather than around the edge.
Don’t worry too much about the mechanics. Designers will usually tell you what variation of “slip the first stitch” they want you to use. Sometimes the first and last stitch every other row is, sometimes the first stitch on every row.
When in doubt I revert to my favorite “slip first stitch purlwise with yarn in front.” You will recognize this in my new pattern Diamond Eyes Scarf available on Ravelry.
Be careful when you slip the first stitch as it can give you tighter edges on some projects depending on your tension. Best to swatch and see if you like the slipped edge – sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t.
I will post more about my new pattern, but here is a photo of the scarf – and the model is my handsome son now away at college in Durango Colorado.