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tiersalaskey 10-09-2007 03:05 PM

Scarf keeps curling - any help?
Hi. I am a new knitter and just finished my second scarf (form my middle son). I used a variation of the 10 feet of Icelandic scarf on the free patterns page. I used wool yarn and used the size 7 needles the yarn recommended. I garter stitched for the first 4 rows and the 2 outside stiches on each row for the whole scarft. I did the stockingette stitch for the rest.

It is rolling inward quite badly - like a tube (I thought the garter on the edge would keep it relatively flat). My 6 year old does not care but it bothers me. Does anyone have any suggestions to fix it?

Thanks, Tiersa

cdjack 10-09-2007 03:25 PM

I have had success with slipping the first stitch of each row knitwise and then always knitting the last stitch on the row. Of course, depending on the yarn I'm using, sometimes
NOTHING seems to work. :wall:

Stasia 10-09-2007 03:42 PM

same here.
i looked again in the videos, under knitting and then the english method and looking at the example containing casting on knitting and binding off. and i got how to just slip the first one and not knit it. but then its a bit loose in the side.
any help?
maybe you'll understand by watching the video

Ingrid 10-09-2007 06:10 PM

It may be that two stitches in garter on the edge aren't enough. I usually do at least 5 on each edge.

cam90066 10-09-2007 07:13 PM

Agree with Ingrid that 2 garter sts isn't enough. The width of your border sts has to be heavy enough to offset the tendency to roll by st st. On a 6" scarf, it's not uncommon to have 1+" of garter on each side.

You could try crocheting a border after the fact to add fabric on the offending edges. What fiber are you using? Blocking may or may not help a little....


MrsDavis3 10-09-2007 09:03 PM

Add a speed bump
One thing you can try, even now on the finished scarf:

Pick up stitches all around between the garter stitch border and the stocking stitch area. Then, bind them off immediately. Meg Swansen calls this a "speed bump" and it has worked like a charm for me to prevent rolling of stocking stitch when a narrow garter stitch edge was not effective. It's super easy, you can do it in a contrasting color or match it if you still have yarn. It actually looks great, it's a design element!

suzeeq 10-09-2007 10:29 PM

I stumbled onto a method that works. I knit about 4 rows of reverse stockinette to start and kept 5 sts on each end in reverse St st also. The rev St part rolls a little, but since it's only an inch, it's not nearly as bad. Also, instead of slipping the first st, I'm slipping the last st on each row and that looks really well. When I slip the first st, the loops wind up a lot bigger than if I just knit or purl as usual so I don't do that. Slipping the last st gives you the same kind of edge, but for me the stitches aren't so loopy.

of troy 10-10-2007 10:20 AM

face facts. Stocking knit curls.

all the "solutions" involve something that isn't stocking knit, (and edging of some sort, or seaming, or knitting in a tube..

Suzeeq is the only one who came up with a solution that works with stocking knits nature to curl --by balancing a inward nature to curl with an out ward nature to curl (by using stocking knit and reverse stocking knit.)

this thread (and some others, on other BB's) got me riled up..
no rant here.. but you can read my blog!

MrsDavis3 10-10-2007 12:14 PM

my goodness!

Originally Posted by of troy (Post 979427)

this thread (and some others, on other BB's) got me riled up..
no rant here.. but you can read my blog!

of troy:

Does this kind of thing really get you so riled up that you rant? Forgive me, but aren't you overreacting?

Jan in CA 10-12-2007 01:57 PM

of Troy - I did not know about stockinette when I was a new knitter nor do most people. We try to help everyone who comes to us with questions even if it has been asked many times before. Getting angry won't help anyone.

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