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  • Just when I think I know so much about knitting Patty explains something new(to me at least)! Sometimes when ripping back the edge stitch doesn’t look right. Definitely saving this article for future reference. Thanks!

  • This article just changed my life! Major “aha” moments throughout. It’s amazing how understanding the ‘why’ clarifies everything! Thank you.

  • Simply brilliant. My early morning brain is spinning, but I have already saved this article for the future. So when is that book of Ask Patty tips and tricks coming out?

    • Since you asked . . . Fall of 2022! I’m working hard on it right now to get the manuscript into my publisher by December!!

      • Fantastic!!! When I teach knitting I to like to cover the why. Three things — what, how, and why. You do a outstanding job of all. I am really looking forward to your book.

      • Oops you did it again; another great tip Patty! Ahh I see a book signing session in Affiknity 2022…

    • Yes – a book please! With an ebook option so I can easily link to the videos

      • I’m working with my amazing publisher (David and Charles) to offer an ebook that will link to some videos!! We are hoping to also offer a bundle to get the print book and ebook together.

        • Oh that would be terrific! I use my book as a reference guide & my e-book copy for videos which help me to visualize my knitting & patterns better.
          I can’t wait to have your wonderful ideas in book form. You are a wonderful & humorous teacher!!

  • I have been working on laddering down to fix stitches within a piece, but I’ve been holding off on figuring out the edges because they seemed so scary and just did not make sense to me. Then Patty comes along and makes it all so clear!

  • I love this and now have to find a double ended crochet hook! I never knew there was such a thing and must have all tools.

    • KnitPicks has a set of 4 double-ended crochet hooks. 8 sizes of hooks. With yarn needles in a plastic case. Very nice.

    • Hello Patty,
      Thank you so much for these great explanations and videos! I’m knitting a shawl with garter sections and lace sections with kfb increases at the beginning and at end of the rows. I slip the first stitch, then kfb, knit across to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1 and get a beautiful chain edge stitch in the garter sections. Unfortunately not in the lace sections as I purl the WS and I would like to get the same result. I would be grateful for any tips.
      Thank you,
      Gabriele

      • If the edge is garter, then you’ll be knitting those edge stitches. Take a look at the pattern. It might define your edge once as slip the first stitch of every row and knit the edge stitches.

        But it’s hard for me to do pattern support for someone else’s pattern (since I can’t see it and don’t know what they have in mind) so it’s best to reach out to the publisher directly.

        • Thank you for replying!
          It is a free pattern. You’re right, I will try to contact the Designer.
          Thanks you

  • You’ve done it again! Thank you!!

  • Although my brain cannot comprehend all of your fabulous explanations, I am so glad to learn that weird and floopy are technical terms. Thanks for the morning chuckles!!

  • Thank you thank you thank you Patty I have been teaching my husband to knit and he keeps dropping that first stitch and leaving huge loops at the end that I didn’t know how to pick up so I made home frog it each time. NOW I know and will teach hine to do it! Brilliant as always!

  • It’s like you read my mind—I’ve gotten very good at reading my knitting and fixing mistakes, but I always get confused on the edge stitches, especially figuring out which way the loop should go back on the needle. Your videos make it so much clearer! I had been meaning to just sit down with a swatch and unravel—I still want to do that to really get it in my head, but your videos will make it so much easier! When I have to drop down a slip-stitch edge, I’m usually just looking at the rows below to see which way the v should go so I know how to twist the loop, but I don’t always get it right.

  • Brilliant! Have always feared messing with a finished edge stitch that needed changing as I couldn’t wrap my brain around the mechanics. As always you have unraveled the mystery and make this look possible.
    Cannot wait for your book!!

  • Patty is just the best! Everything I wanted to know and MORE!

  • This is so clever – thank you for so clearly explaining how to fix a ratty edge (instead of my customary fix: ignore it).

  • What a great explanation! Thank you.

  • Your ability to follow that yarn wherever it goes and have a word for that place continuously BOGGLES. MY. MIND. Such as it is.

    I’m SOOOOOOO disappointed I didn’t go to the Affiknity retreat this year. Is it always so star spangled?? Also my friend Hilary from Alaska was there and it would have been a nice chance to catch up. Does it happen every year?

    • Every year. Hilary was the BEST. Save the date for 9/8/22

  • Genius! I just ripped back several rows because I couldn’t handle this problem. And now I know what the double-end crochet hook is for!

  • Patty, my brain thanks you for this article! I have always had trouble with edge stitches when I tink or frog, not knowing how to orient that edge stitch. Working the top and the bottom of the stitch – wow! The videos along with your brilliant explanations helps me see it so clearly. Article saved, and looking forward to that book!

  • Thanks, Patty, for the clarity.
    Here is my pattern for a finished edge: I knit to the end of the row, bring yarn to the front, slip the last stitch as if to purl, turn the work, and knit the first stitich in the back. Makes a great, smooth edge.

  • Thank you I have always had trouble if I drop the first stitch. When you explained it all made sense.

  • Patty, you make me laugh out loud! Educational AND amusing!

  • OMG! I have been knitting forever. Every time I rip back I have one unsightly edge stitch. Over the years I’ve learned to do all kinds of things with it to tighten it up. Now I know why. And what to do with it. Thank you Patty! Freaking game changer!

  • Brilliant article. If I’d understood everything I’ve learned in this article before, I could have saved myself lots of ripping back in a project. Thanks, Patty!

  • This is awesome Patty — I have done all of the above (mistakes and corrections) in a kind of instinctual way and to have it clearly explained and illustrated was wonderful.

  • As someone who has always slipped stitches for seams, regardless of pattern, I feel called out. Thank the gods for wrong sides. XD

    Also, dropping the edge for garter and slipped? I didn’t think this existed! Thanks!

  • Thank you, Patty! I’m always terrified if something goes wonky with the edge stitch – now I feel like I could fix it! And now I also know how to use that two-ended crochet hook that I’ve had for years.