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These 4 Stitches Will Instantly Improve Your Knit Edges

This pretty Hatch Edge won’t bully your knit fabric like Garter.

HatchSwatchThis should be a short post because a picture is worth several hundred blog words. Garter edges are popular for their non-rolling properties, but they also have a very different row to stitch ratio than stockinette. Garter is a squat, condensed stitch compared to stockinette, which is why the two really don’t play nicely together. It’s the bully on the kindergarten playground forcing stockinette out of shape.

So what to do if you don’t want your edges to roll?

HatchEdge2How about trying our Hatch Stitch Edge? It doesn’t warp the knit fabric, it reduces rolling and it’s pretty too! There are 4 stitches in this edge, but as you can see in the picture, they don’t take up much width. Really no more than a 2-stitch garter edge.

When blocking, you’ll want to turn your project over, run your fingers down the back of the two hatch stitches to open them up, then spread all four stitches out to lie flat while drying with the right side up.


.Free Scarf Pattern to Try it Out

ManchesterStripe3We used it on our Manchester Scarf just published as part of a free e-book. These patterns are designed for you to test out some of our favorite new techniques so just pop on over to Ravelry to download the pattern and give it a try.

The Manchester Scarf pattern has two “Nuances”; the Hatch Edge and perfectly matching right and left leaning Showy Decreases. You’ll find this edge in several of our upcoming projects as well. Don’t limit your ideas on where to use it to scarves and shawls. How about sleeveless shells (hint) and v-neck edges (hint, hint).

Watch this tutorial video on our You Tube Channel for help with the Showy Decrease and Hatch Stitch Edge.

Important Update

Isn’t social media an interesting thing? When I wrote this post, the edge was a detail on the Manchester Scarf announcement and a tease for the Fiftyfifty Shell about to be published in Knitty. The ‘real’ story was the matching Showy Decreases and the free pattern in Ravelry. However, this ended up being our all time most visited post, with over 25,000 views thanks to Pinterest and Knitting Paradise readers.

Now that it’s turned into so much more, I’ll add the stitch pattern right here for your convenience.   I still encourage you to knit the scarf, it’s simple and fun to see the impact that knitting Nuances can have on your projects.


I recently had a request for a Hatch Stitch Border. I haven’t had time to knit one up but here is the chart showing 2 repeats on all sides. You can add as many repeats as you like. The purl column has been retained to help prevent side rolling.

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Want to try another non-rolling edge?

We just announced a new one. You can read about the Showy Ridge Edge in this blog postShowy_Edge_Close

And even better! There is a free  Nuancing Your Edges download for our blog followers! It includes 3 non-garter edges in an easy to print PDF file. Yes, 3 edges so you are getting a sneak peek at an unannounced edge.


29 comments on “These 4 Stitches Will Instantly Improve Your Knit Edges

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  2. Stef
    August 29, 2014

    I think ya’ll are wonderful & I posted your site on the other day. As of today, 3621 views.

    • Stef
      December 12, 2016

      As of 12/12/16, 4716 views!!

  3. Simon.
    September 10, 2014

    I think about forty percent of knitters are very neat when it comes to edges and the remaining sixty percent have troubles. I have loopy edges. I do a normal in pattern edge garter or stocking. I just cannot gor love nor money get the tension for my edges right. Too tight or too loose. So I took advicd to slip first stitch. Humm bigger loops that sit next to two rows. Humm talk a.out a solution worse than the problem. Do you have any advice to help please a vety flustrated knitter.

  4. Erin
    September 16, 2014

    Is the e-book still available for download… There was no link on the ravelry site.

  5. Laura Cunitz
    September 16, 2014

    The 3 patterns tied together in a collection that Ravelry calls an eBook. The link above should bring you right to the page with the 3 patterns. You can also search for the Manchester Scarf and it will show it is part of the collection. Hope that helps!

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  7. Helen of troy
    January 16, 2015

    Nice edging–I added a link to this page on my page of Selvages–(part of a Cast on, Bind off & Selvage stitch tutorial) on my web page… I know this stitch is really and edging and not a selvage… but it is a very nice one

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  9. leslybird
    June 25, 2015

    I would love you to give us the option to share your work on Pin It . We need to share your great blog.

    • Laura Cunitz
      June 25, 2015

      Thanks for asking. Yes, yes, yes! Share away. One of my primary goals is to share these ideas. We do have a Pinterest account also.

    • Laura Cunitz
      June 25, 2015
      • Catherine
        June 6, 2016

        Laura, If I use the hatch stitch across the bottom & top of a blanket for about a 1 1/2 inch height, how would I increase the hatch stitch on the side edges of the blanket to match the 1 1/2 inch top/bottom of the blanket? Can’t seem to figure this out. Maybe just brain dead today. Thank you for your time.

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  11. Catherine
    June 6, 2016

    Laura, if I use the hatch stitch for the bottom and top borders of a blanket and knit the border to a 1 1/2 inch height, how would I increase the hatch stitch edge sts from a 4 st edge to match the 1 1/2 inch top/bottom border? Thank you for your time.

    • Laura Cunitz
      June 6, 2016

      Catherine, On the standard Hatch Edge I add a purl column to help prevent rolling. You could do the same thing on the blanket and run that all the way from bottom to top. I can’t add a chart picture here so I will go back and amend the post with a chart at the end. It will show 2 hatch sets on the bottom, top and sides but you can repeat as many as you like.

      Hope this helps. If not just let me know! Laura

      • Catherine
        June 7, 2016

        Laura, thank you for the hatch border chart. I’m new to reading charts so am I correct in thinking that the border chart shows row 1 as the right side and row 2 as the wrong side as it seems the reverse of the small chart that sits above showing just the 4 edge stitches of the hatch stitch? Do you think this stitch would work as a pick up and knit border for the front edges of a cardigan if I pick up the sts all around then work the first row (WS) as K1, Pxxxx, K1 ? Thanks again for your web site, great information and edge stitch options.Cathy

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  15. Pam Petraccaro
    July 4, 2017

    I just can’t get the hatch Stitch Edge to work! I love it so much though The YO is the problem Any video or more detail please? Does the h2 mean TWO of(Slip1,knit,yo)[psso]? not that familiar with reading charts either Thanks a million in advance

    • Laura Cunitz
      July 5, 2017

      Hi Pam, Let’s see if this helps.
      There are 4 stitches in the edge. The outside stitch is knit on both sides creating a bump. The inside stitch is like a rib and set the edge into the fabric. The middle 2 stitches are shown together on the chart since you start and end with 2 stitches.

      For those two you: slip 1st stitch, yarn over (plus 1 st), knit the other stitch, then pass the slip stitch over (minus 1 st).

      Let me know if that works. 🙂 Laura

      • Pam Petraccaro
        July 7, 2017

        Hi Laura
        Thank you so much for the prompt reply. Isn’t the internet great? I live in Adelaide Australia

        The frustrating & confusing steps so far have been the different versions of instructions
        2014/03/10/hatch-stitch-edge shows Hatch Stitch=h2 as RS:Slip 1,knit 1,yo,[pass slip st over both the knit and yo]

        and then chart legend from Manchester Scarf shows hatch stitch as sl1,yo,psso last 2sts

        Your instructions have helped clarify things after some more trials. Am I right in saying though it would be more correct to say that it is the “yarn over” that is passed over rather than the “slipped” stitch or am I still doing it wrong? and does it matter if the slipped stitches are done purlwise or knitwise?

        Thanks again

  16. Laura Cunitz
    July 11, 2017

    Pam, You are correct in that I was doing it one way and then like the other better. I’ll go back and find the inconsistent version and change it.

    The stitch that is passed over is the slip stitch. It’s a nice closed loop so it holds the other 2 stitches (yo and knit) to hold them together. You always slip purlwise unless it says otherwise because slipping it knitwise will twist it. Keep asking questions until you get it, others will have the same ones. 🙂 Laura

    • Pam Petraccaro
      July 12, 2017

      No, still struggling with this even more now!
      On the RS of hatch stitch of version Slip 1, K1, yo) pass slip st over both the knit and yo -when passing over at both ends can’t form a “single” stitch .Am I supposed to have 2 threads in one and work as a single stitch? Sorry…….

      it’s the yarn overs that I can’t work consistently at both ends that causes the problem

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  19. 36berkeley
    February 7, 2021

    This looks very interesting. I’m going to try it on a blanket. Can I point out that you have a spelling mistake that needs fixing – a “boarder” is a person who boards a ship. You want “border”, an edging.

    • Laura Cunitz
      February 11, 2021

      Thanks for the catch! I can’t believe I missed it all this time! Laura

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