Types of Selvedge Stitches
The first kind of selvedge st is made in the form of a chain. It is most often used in work by experienced knitters. It looks like a smooth and neat chain on two sides of work. This method of designing the edges is used in the processing of plackets in sweaters, collars and other details. If you want to tie such an edge, then in the process you always need to remove the first stitch, leaving the main yarn behind the knitting needle. It does not matter at all which row now fits: with knit st or purl. And the last purl.
If you want to knit a strong, tightened side with knitting needles, it can even be a vertical button hole, the edge of a plaid, then the use of knotted selvedge sts is the most suitable for you. Although they are not so popular among knitters, the beginners will like the execution technique for simplicity and functionality. As in the previous way, you need to remove the set-up st, and leave the yarn behind the knitting needle. The last link in each row is knit st.
Slip the first st in the right side row, knit the second with knit sts. Complete the strip like this: slip the last but one st, and the remaining one is knitted through back of the second loop. Slip 1st st in wrong side stripe,holding the yarn in front of work, knit the next as purl.At the end of the row, slip the last but one st, and the yarn remains in front of work, knit the last st as purl through the further back loop. Before you start knitting and counting sts, note that you will need four more selvedge sts.
Pearl edging is made, when you want to decorate your shawl, scarf or plaid edge. Such edge won't stretch or wrap. Knit such selvedge sts on 3 sts from both sides of work. Knit 1st st of right side as purl, next st - knit st, and then purl again. When finishing 3 sts in analogy with the previously described. Making reverse wrong side rowm knit first and last links of working stripe in the following way; 1 knit st, 1 purl, 1 knit st.