This is a pretty basic question. I heard a very experienced knitter say that when she knits the pieces of a sweater she always knits the first stitch in every row. I thought she meant that she adds an extra stitch (knitted ) at the beginning and end of every row but she said, "No, just knit the first stitch of every row even if the pattern would indicate 'purl'. She said this makes it so much easier when finishing the sweater. My question is: Do you guys do this? Does it help? If the pattern is complicated, does it not screw it up? I always have a problem finishing a sweater neatly and would be happy to find something that would assist me in this. What do you think?