Hey, can I jump in here? I taught my friend how to knit and purl, and told her about stockinette curling, so she is doing her first scarf in 4x4 rib. I haven't seen it in person, but she says that it is curling. Does 4x4 rib curl badly? She's about 6" into the scarf, and since it's her first, I don't want her to be discouraged with something unwearable.
Lately I've been seeing guys wearing beanies (non-handmade) that seem to be only stockinette. I want to make my sons each a beanie, but I realize I need a border to keep the hat from having a roll brim (which would not look like the beanie I have in mind). But it makes me curious - how do the manufacturers keep their hats from rolling? Are they lined? Double-knitted? What do you think their trick is?
~Stacey~ In love with my three fellas - dh Paul and twin 3 year-olds Rob and Charlie.
If you are using garter stitch as a border for stockinette to keep it from curling, you have to have quite a few rows of it for it to be effective. I don't know if this is what you are meaning, but plain garter stitch, knit every stitch of every row, should not curl at all.