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Jan in CA
03-13-2006, 06:53 PM
All the knitting is done on this baby sweater (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/4054/babysweaterfront.htm). It was really easy to do and is quite cute, BUT I'm having problems with curling. The pattern has you doing the front "ribbed" edges with purling only (front and back), the wrists, bottom and neck are k1 p1 ribbing. For some reason the bottom edge and the center front edges want to curl. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm afraid I'm going to have to back it with ribbon or something. That might be okay for the front edges, but not on the bottom. Ugh. I followed the pattern so I have no idea what the deal is.

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kayeknit
03-13-2006, 07:36 PM
I made a sweater for my daughter and it did the same thing. I didn't do anything with it (she never wears it anyway... :crying: ) Sorry I don't have any suggestions for you, but the sweater looks adorable! :thumbsup:

Ingrid
03-13-2006, 08:00 PM
Maybe you could wet it and let it dry flat? Or steam it?

Jan in CA
03-13-2006, 08:14 PM
Maybe you could wet it and let it dry flat? Or steam it?

It's actually machine wash and dry yarn, but I could try that. Would it be permanent? The problem with a baby sweater is that I don't have a baby or grandkids so it would be something I'd give away. I doubt most young mothers are going to want to pamper a kids sweater. :rollseyes: :roflhard:

You've made a lot of kids sweaters, Ingrid. Do you think it's something to do with the pattern? Is there anything to prevent this or is it a common problem in small items?

Ingrid
03-13-2006, 08:21 PM
I often find that an edging wants to fold in. After I blocked my Karaoke scarf, it laid flat, but now the edging wants to fold in again.

I don't know what the solution is, but I wish I did. :thinking: Maybe if you wash the sweater and then dry it until it's just about dry and lay if flat it might work temporarily. You could also add loops and buttons or hooks and eyes to the front.

Jan in CA
03-13-2006, 08:33 PM
Thanks for the tips. I'll let you know how it goes and what I come up with. :heart:

Amber
03-13-2006, 09:57 PM
Beautiful!

KristiMetz
03-14-2006, 02:00 PM
Oh, it looks adorable!

Maybe you could sew on a zipper. It would be good zipper practice, no?

I will have to keep this in mind when I sew this sweater here in the next month or so.

sara_jayne
03-14-2006, 02:02 PM
Great job Jan - the colors are so pretty.

Shandeh
03-20-2006, 02:13 PM
When I have edges that curl like that, I use a hair dryer to heat it up and press it flat. Sometimes, it helps to stretch it out long ways a bit. The hair dryer works like an iron, without squishing the fabric.

Jan in CA
03-20-2006, 02:15 PM
When I have edges that curl like that, I use a hair dryer to heat it up and press it flat. Sometimes, it helps to stretch it out long ways a bit. The hair dryer works like an iron, without squishing the fabric.

The problem with that is that since it's a baby sweater it would get tossed in the wash a lot. I doubt anyone is going to want to go to a lot of trouble like that everytime the baby spits up. :roflhard: IMO a baby sweater should be wash and wear.

roxtarchic
03-21-2006, 03:41 PM
I think that a zipper is a great idea! and it's really an adorable sweater... a band of ribbon... (a thick ribbon the width of the ribbed edging) sewn on the inside might be really nice

good luck and imo it's really adorable as it is... and it wont curl when it's on!

roxtarchic
03-21-2006, 03:42 PM
sorry double posted

Quietheart
03-22-2006, 08:11 AM
I've made that pattern bunchs of times and don't remember having that problem. But I usually do it with ties/zipper/buttons, so maybe that's why.
Or maybe it's just the yarn you used, sorry I couldn't be more help.


Kath

lmc
03-22-2006, 01:01 PM
It's beautiful and the baby won't mind a bit of curling really!
The one who receives this lovely gift will be very appreciative!

rebecca
03-22-2006, 01:07 PM
I think that it's lovely :D I'm sorry that you are having curly problems :( I bet that you work it out with all of these suggestions that you have ;)