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Old 11-23-2006, 11:36 AM   #1
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Working with Chenille?
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I'm fairly new at knitting, just been working on swatches with different stitches and such. Anyway my question is this. I found a simple pattern for a scarf using Chenille. It is in st st, and I have used all of your advice on how to fix the curling. My problem is, that it still looks horrible, I have tried starting it like 5 times with no improvement.

Am I being to ambitious starting with Chenille? It seems like it is very hard to work with.

Does anyone have any suggestions or comments on how to work with Chenille? I would appreciate any advice you have.

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Old 11-23-2006, 11:40 AM   #2
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Have you tried just using garter stitch, or maybe just putting garter stitch on the edges? That should get rid of the curling.
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:45 AM   #3
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I haven't tried doing the whole thing in Garter. I have tried doing 3 rows on the bottom and 3 stitches on each end in Garter for the ends. Problem is, the rest of it looks bad. Not sure if its a tension problem, or I'm just not used to how the Chenille works.
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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Is it Lion Chenille? That stuff looks like it would be nice and soft, but is nearly impossible to work with. There's no give to the yarn and it starts having bald spots after you take it out too many times. Try a little larger needle and more rows/stitches in garter stitch.

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Could be a tension thing. I have some chenille in my stash, but haven't used it yet. When I swatched with it, I noticed that a looser gauge made it lay flatter when I used ordinary stockinette. (Makes sense, right?) If you don't mind it being less dense, you could try that. I don't think chenille is supposed to be the easiest type of yarn to work with -- there is something called "worming" that it's prone to, when the yarn curls up on itself.
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:54 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice guys. I think I might save this project until I am a little more experienced. Whenever that might be. lol It just looked like such a luxiourous fabric. I will keep your advice in mind for when I do attempt this at a later date. I do think the Garter stitch is the way to go.

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