How do you slip a knitted edge?

What does slipping the first stitch do?

Slipping the first stitch of a row expands the edge stitch vertically, making it two rows tall. This means that you don’t get that weird uneven and twisted stitch that comes from working the edge stitch twice in succession. It makes the edges of a piece tidy and clean.

Does the slip stitch count as a stitch in knitting?

In knitting, the slip knot counts as the first stitch of the cast on. That means that by tying a slipknot, you’ve cast on your first stitch!

What does knit 2 together mean?

Knit two together is the most basic method of decreasing stitches. It makes a decrease that slants slightly to the right and is often abbreviated as K2Tog or k2tog in patterns. To “knit two together” is just like making a regular knit stitch, but you work through two stitches instead of just one.

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