My kingdom for a selvedge

I have a knitting question. Yes, an honest-to-goodness knitting question. It’s been a while.

I’m working on the final sleeve of the Café Bastille Cables sweater, which is knit flat and then sewn up. The edges done in seed stitch and they’re really ugly (to my eye). Does anyone know of a good selvedge for seed stitch? For some reason I have not been able to work this out.

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  1. Joel Says:

    I agree with James – the slipped garter selvedge is the way to go, especially on a filler stitch like seed stitch. I’d modify his directions to read:

    Right side: slip first stitch, knit in pattern, knit last
    Wrong side: slip first stitch, knit in pattern, purl last

    That way all selvedge stitches are knit stitches when viewed from the right side. To seam, use the mattress stitch. The aforementioned Reader’s Digest book has info on how to do this, IIRC. Also available online at Knitty:

  2. David Says:


    Thanks for the comments. The seed stitch isn’t the cuff, it’s the edge where the sleeve is going to be sewn together.

    I had been trying to create a selvedge by slipping the first stitch in every row knitwise, but I wasn’t doing the k last stitch. I’ll give that a shot.

  3. James Says:

    Is the seed stitch going to be the cuff edge. Usually seed stitch and garter stitch lay nicely themselves and don’t curl up like stockinette, so they make great edgings for sweaters, like on the cuffs, collars and neck openings. They usually don’t need any selvedge stitches if worked firmly enough. If it doesn’t look good to you now it may shape up when you wash and block it. When doing seed stitch it is a good idea to work somewhat tightly because seed stitch can be a little loose and mis shaped if worked too loosley. If the tension on the yarn is not kept consistent and even while the yarn is being brought from back to front or front to back while working the knits and purls then the fabric can be misshappen and the edges wobbly or not as firm as you might like. I’d suggest keeping a firm tension on the yarn while working the seed stitch. With out seeing it its hard to tell but it sounds like what has happened to me when I didn’t keep the tension firm enough while working the stitches. Reader’s Digest knitter’s Handbook is awsome and has a lot of info on selvedges, etc. It all depends if the selvedges are on the edges where you will be seaming or if the edges your talking about are where you cast on at the edge of the sleeves or if its where you will be binging off. There is a selvedge where for each and every row (garter selvedge) K 1st and last sts of every row. It makes a firm edge. If you want it even firmer do the (slipped garter selvedge) all rows: SL kwise lst st, k last st. Hope this helps. : )