Slip DS selvedge

Distitch gives a beautiful, even and firm selvedge – use it as a decorative edge that doesn’t loosen with wear. The two types of DS selvedge detailed in the book are Simple DS selvedge and Slip DS selvedge. Three videos show different DS edges and are at the end of previous article.

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When working in Garter stitch, Brioche, or other vertically compressed stitch patterns, it’s better to use slip DS selvedge, in which the selvedge stitch is worked every second row. This is achieved by slipping the first stitch of every row, and working the last stitch as a Distitch. Remember, because each slipped Distitch is stretched over 4 rows, it gathers the vertical edge, so it needs to be worked looser than the body stitches.

To understand how easy it is done, see this short video.

The Distitch Edge Scarf was designed to demonstrate Distitch selvedge. This free pattern is published on Ravelry together with detailed instructions about how to work DS selvedge, with clear diagrams and QR code video.

The instructions are based on a Garter stitch sample, and may be adapted as necessary by changing the stitch pattern between the selvedge stitches.