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Old 11-10-2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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My knitted lace still curls!!
I'm knitting lace scarves and even though there isn't a purl anywhere, the scarves still curl up on the sides. Does anyone know why? Thanks! Heather Vail
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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What pattern are you using? Maybe you are knitting too tightly?
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Some patterns that are knit on a bias will curl too.
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http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/...rFriendly=true

Except I'm knitting everywhere, no purl. I'm knitting really loosely too - at least I think I am :-)
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You are purling every other row.
Row 1 and every odd numbered row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, k2.

So you're going to have some curling because it's similar to stockinette even though it's lace. Blocking may help some at the end.
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No I'm sorry, I'm not purling anywhere. I'm purposely knitting where it says to purl to keep it from curling - and yet it still curls. I will see if I can post a picture. The ones I've taken were too large to post.
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Oh, I didn't realize that. It must be because of the lace pattern.
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Lots of lace patterns look like...ah...well, they look pretty wild and/or awful in the hand while we're working on them.

But after they're blocked, ah! then they shine. Reading the instructions for this lace scarf ("wonderful spring scarf" etc.), I see that one is to knit until the scarf is 60 inches from the CO; it will block to 70 inches!

That's quite a change. I'd say the curl you're experiencing will be dealt with in the blocking, as long as you're using a natural-fiber yarn. Are you? There are ways to make acrylic yarn behave, but I don't think it can be made to stretch from 60 to 70 inches....
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