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Edge Stitches are not always included in your pattern.
At the beginning of the row knit into the back of the first stitch
At the end of the row before the last stitch, make sure your yarn is in the front (purl position) and slip the last stitch purlwise
You will have a dimensional edge to your work which will make the edges neat and also easy to mattress stitch. Very professional.
How to slip a stitch
The pattern says to slip a stitch - should it be slipped purlwise or knitwise? Think about how you are going to be using the stitch that is being slipped. If it is not being used until the following row then slip it purlwise. If it is being used in this row, i.e. an ssk, then it should be slipped knitwise.
Central Double Decrease
The appearance of this decrease is a central straight line with the stitches on either side slipping underneath. I like to think of this decrease as a "spine line". It takes three stitches to work this decrease with the center stitch becoming your spine line.
It is easy to accomplish. Slip two stitches together from the left hand needle to the right hand needle (like a k2tog only slipping the sts.) knit the next stitch and then pass both slipped stitches together over the knitted stitch. You will see that the spine line has been formed.
Caution: there is no easy way to place a marker for this decrease, if you need to have a marker do not place it on your needle, but in the knitting below your central stitch.