Knitting the first and last stitch of every row, and working the pattern stitch—in this case, stockinette stitch—in between forms a garter stitch selvage. It looks slightly different on the right side versus the left side. You use this selvage technique on the edges of a sweater back or pullover front to make seaming easy; you can also use it to add a tidy edge on a scarf or blanket.
1 Row 1: Knit 1 (this is a selvage stitch), work across the row to the last stitch, knit 1 (this is also a selvage stitch).
3 Repeat rows 1-2 to work selvages on each edge.
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