08-11-2010, 01:12 PM #211 sonata58 Casting On   Join Date: Jul 2010 Location: USA Posts: 22 Thanks: 13 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts I have a question about putting a seed border around the stockinette stitch. I know that for a seed stitch you must have an odd number of stitches. The total number of stitches on my needle is an odd number. But my pattern tells me to "establish borders in seed stitch over the first and last 6 stitches". Is this right? I'm afraid it will turn into ribbing. So, I thought I'd make sure before I start. If it is right, then when I reach the last 6 stitches, do I start with a purl or with a knit?

 08-11-2010, 02:24 PM #212 Jan in CA Moderator Mod Squad     Join Date: Oct 2005 Location: Southern CA Posts: 37,184 Thanks: 1,656 Thanked 8,750 Times in 7,120 Posts You can do seed stitch on even numbers, you just have to pay attention to what the stitches are when you turn. Seed stitch is knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches. __________________ Jan When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it. NEW! KH knitting video archive ~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~
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 08-11-2010, 04:07 PM #213 sonata58 Casting On   Join Date: Jul 2010 Location: USA Posts: 22 Thanks: 13 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts So, if I do 6 stitches of border around the stockinette stitch, it will be something like this: Row 1: k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 *k1, repeat from * to last 6 sts. k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 Row 2: p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 *p1, repeat from * to last 6 sts. p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 And then I will alternate these two rows. Is this right?
 08-11-2010, 06:20 PM #214 Jan in CA Moderator Mod Squad     Join Date: Oct 2005 Location: Southern CA Posts: 37,184 Thanks: 1,656 Thanked 8,750 Times in 7,120 Posts Yeah, I think that's right. __________________ Jan When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it. NEW! KH knitting video archive ~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~
 09-18-2010, 06:02 AM #215 hyperactive Working the Gusset     Join Date: May 2010 Location: Germany Posts: 1,097 Thanks: 104 Thanked 237 Times in 219 Posts hi! I have just tried an idea out on a swatch: if you want to prevent the side of st st from curling, you can do a side "hem edge". I knit this as "knitting in the round on straight needles" for 5 stitches or so. Does this have a name? I haven't seen this before but I do not want to claim that I did invent something new. Most likely it has been done I want to use it for cardigans, for example, where an edge of the knitting will show and be exposed. __________________ Continental Knitter with passion, pretty busy and always onto something new. I have been away from the forum for a bit, but I am still around!
 11-04-2010, 09:24 PM #216 starrysheep Casting On   Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts I'm knitting a "Shifting Sands" scarf where the inside is all cables...And it's curling on the edges and bottom. Is this because of my tension, or because it's stockinetteish? Also, it's acrylic, so would putting a towel over it and ironing make the curling go away? How would I iron this to make the curling go away? Thanks so much!
 11-08-2010, 01:41 PM #217 hyperactive Working the Gusset     Join Date: May 2010 Location: Germany Posts: 1,097 Thanks: 104 Thanked 237 Times in 219 Posts Hi! if the edges (bottom and sides) are stochinette, they will curl. If you do not like that, you can give them a border while you knit ( garter stitch, seed stitch, some ribbing....) and so on. If you have already knit a good bit and do not want to start over... try a crochet border around the scarf after you are done. Or pick up stitches around all edges and knit a garter or ribbing edge or the like. Blocking on acrylic is not the most efficient, mostly. And do not do it too hot as you may "burn" the fiber. __________________ Continental Knitter with passion, pretty busy and always onto something new. I have been away from the forum for a bit, but I am still around!
 11-10-2010, 02:00 PM #218 ZoeS 1st Leg of the Journey   Join Date: Dec 2007 Posts: 141 Thanks: 10 Thanked 22 Times in 17 Posts Even with borders and blocking, I found my stockinette always, always curled. I've given up and now when I knit in stockinette, I just knit in the round. Twice as much work and yarn, but it makes for some nice warm scarves with no "wrong" side.
 12-27-2010, 01:04 AM #219 Gidgetsgadget Casting On   Join Date: Dec 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Still curling... I was aware, when I started my headband project, that stockinette rolls. Actually, I intended to make the whole thing in garter but decided to mix it up, so I cast on 4 stitches to make ties, then increased by two in each row up to to 14 stitches, all in garter. When I started in on the stockinette I made sure to keep two stitches of garter at the start and finish of each row. It is still curling lengthwise. WTF? Michele
 12-27-2010, 12:08 PM #220 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts The 2 sts at each side may not be enough to counteract the stockinette curl. You may need more like 4 or 5. __________________ sue- knitting heretic

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