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Old 10-22-2006, 12:49 PM   #71
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i am wondering about knitting too tight maybe? or on needles that are too big for the yarn thus making a tight fabric?
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:49 PM   #72
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It's possible..I am a tight knitter, and my garter usually curls a litle, but never to this extent before.
Hopfully when I'm done I can block it a little to reduce the curla bit.. : <
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Old 11-01-2006, 10:25 AM   #73
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Has anyone tried applied I-cord to discourage curling?

I found a pattern for a decreasing square (which I altered to make a rectangular snuggle). Basically, you start at the outer edge & decrease in a regular pattern to get to the center. It's given in all knit (forming stockinette in the round), and I knew I'd hafta do something to make it lay flat.

I'm just wonderin if anyone's tried I-cord & how it worked out?

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Old 11-22-2006, 12:41 AM   #74
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I'm a total beginner at knitting, so this might seem like a stupid question, but what do you do when you reach the end of the bind-off? I know how to do it, but on the last stitch what is done?

I just realized I had no clue about this until I made a swatch for the Harry Potter scarf I'm knitting. I bound off in the regular knit way, but at the last stitch I felt like I was holding a potholder. I ended up tying it to the stitch in the row below, but what can I do when that's not an option? Or is that standard procedure? And my next project is a lace scarf; what do I do then to make sure there's not a huge square knot on the end?

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Old 11-22-2006, 02:42 AM   #75
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When you've bound off the last stitch, cut the yarn about 3-4 inches from the stitch, then pull the loose end through. Then take a blunt darning needle or crochet hook and pull the end through several adjacent stitches so it doesn't show. Unless the scarf is knit really loose, it shouldn't pull out.

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Old 11-22-2006, 08:11 AM   #76
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Swarthygirl,

Take a look at Amy's video "Demo of a small project"
(Large videos*, 45MB each) This is a small sample of knitting, shown from cast-on to bind-off. Topic covers how to weave in cast-on and bind-off ends, and how to avoid those loose side stitches.
She has a neat trick for avoiding that last loopy bound off stitch! It's on the Basic Techniques tab. Mouse down to "More.." & click, and it's the first topic on that page. It's long, so be patient. It's about 3/4 of the way through.

BTW, if anyone's interested...I did a 4-st applied I-cord on the curling rectangular snuggle & it helped alot. It still wants to do a bit of rolling, but hey, I don't think the animals will mind...next time, I think I'll do a garter stitch edge to try to eliminate the problem.

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Old 11-25-2006, 02:43 PM   #77
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Thanks, suzeeq and dplantlady! I wouldn't have thought to look at that video or weave in the end. I'm doing fringe after making a three-needle bind off so I'm not sure if I want to weave in the end much at all.
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You're using a 3 needle bind off on a scarf or shawl? Are you making it from the ends to the middle and joining them together?

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Old 12-19-2006, 09:48 PM   #79
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I feel like a loser for even asking this after having read five and a half pages of people asking the same question, but:

I've only been knitting for a year (not even). I'm working on a scarf in merino wool that's done in stockinette (except for three rows of garter on either end and then like a reverse stockinette row or whatever for accent just after it) and it is curling soooo badly.

I've done two other scarves recently in stockinette, but with the reverse row for a little accent texture repeating at frequent intervals and the curling was actually endearing in those scarves.

So on this one I've got about 22 stitches and it's about 2/3s done and I don't want to pull back and start all over even though I know I should have right away as soon as it started to curl, but what's done is done.


So my question, redundant though it may be, is: Is there some way that I can crochet a border on it to make it stop curling? Or, considering that I don't know how to crochet and would have to learn or ask my mom to do it for me: Is there a way to knit a border on that someone could describe to me in detail?

Also someone recommended to me that I could hang the scarf over a teakettle and steam it flat? Would this work or just ruin the scarf?

I'm desperate and beating a dead horse, I know, but I would appreciate any advice someone could give me.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:34 PM   #80
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You can block merino wool. When it's done, dunk it in lukewarm water with a little woolwash if you want, roll it between towels to get the excess moisture out and lay it flat to dry. You can shape it as it dries--probably no need to pin. Just keep checking it and straightening it out. It should be fine.
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