I have learned that I get a smooth cast off by slipping the first stitch and then casting it off. It leaves a much smoother decreased edge. Now I need to know how to increase in a smoother way. I have a situation where I need to increase 3 stitches at the beg and the end of several rows for a stepped effect. If I just cast on as I normally would I get a very loose first stitch and a rough, jagged step.
Can anyone point me in the right direction to learn a better technique for these increases. I am hoping to find a method that would achieve a smooth effect as I have learned to do in the cast off one.
Thanks for any help.
To CO more sts at the beginning of a row I would use a knit or cable CO.
To CO more sts at the end of a row I would use the backward loop CO.
Since you are CO more than one st you will create a "ledge" from the prior rows but, it should be straight and neat.
Here's a good method for getting rid of that loose first stitch.
In some cases and maybe in yours too, the stepped increases are part of a seam and so you can even out the stairstep effect when you seam.