i decided to change the pattern trying to prevent curling:
K3, P2, K2, P1, K2, P2, K3
and it's still the same. i've gotten pretty far with it and don't really have the heart to redo it so i'm hoping blocking in the end will help.
i've also been adding a few random purls on the other side. so instead of knitting every other row straight i've been doing:
K1, P1, K11, P1, K1 on random rows
in hopes of somewhat preventing curls.
here are a few pictures:
i layed out the piece flat in these images. i'll try to get a shot of the curling soon.