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slip-stitch

[slip-stich] /ˈslɪpˌstɪtʃ/
verb (used with or without object), Sewing.
1.
to sew with slip stitches.
Origin of slip-stitch
1895-1900
1895-1900

slip stitch

noun, Sewing.
1.
a loose stitch taken between two layers of fabric, as on a facing or hem, so as to be invisible on the right side or outside surface, used in stoating.
Origin
1880-85
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Historical Examples
  • Observe at the commencement of every row to make a slip-stitch.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • Every row is worked the same, with a slip-stitch at the beginning;—knit one; pearl one.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • First row—bring the wool forward, slip one; knit two, pass the slip-stitch over them.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • To slip-stitch means to take a stitch from the left-hand to the right-hand needle without knitting it, and its abbreviation is sl.

  • Each succeeding row is the same, observing that the knit-stitch always comes over the slip-stitch.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • Third row—bring the wool forward, knit three; bring the wool forward, slip one; knit two together, pass the slip-stitch over them.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
  • The ground, of chains, worked back in slip-stitch with occasional picots, is to be done when forming the band for the neck.

British Dictionary definitions for slip-stitch

slip stitch

noun
1.
a sewing stitch for securing hems, etc, in which only two or three threads of the material are caught up by the needle each time, so that the stitches are nearly invisible from the right side
verb
2.
(transitive) to join (two edges) using slip stitches
Word Origin
C19: from slip1
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