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Old 09-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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CURLED EDGE....HELP...
I have started on the back and knitted 6 rows...now I see that the bottom of the hem will be curled, should I use a one size larger needle? Sweater calls for a 6mm.........but should I use a 7 or so to cast on the stitches THEN go back to the 6mm size....help.....I just pulled it all out.
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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If it's all stockinette, that's the stitch, not the needle size. If it's in garter, it shouldn't make a difference. The reason to use a larger needle for the CO is to make the edge stretchier, has little effect on whether it curls up or not. Also, being a sweater, seaming the edges should help it stay down, though you might want to consider some sort of border - seed or garter st or ribbing.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:35 AM   #3
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I am knitting Palma cardigan book #277...It is stocking st. for 20 1/2 inches.....the bottom row is curling up. Shall I just cast on again and just leave it be and keep on?
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:01 AM   #4
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if it is stocking knit it will curl.

if it is supposed to have a curled (rolled edge/hem) you can do 1 row of K1, P1, (and the edge/hem will roll to this point(row) and no further.

you can block the sweater (and if its a small sweater, the blocking + the side seams will help reduce the roll--if it is an Extra large the side seams will help reduce the roll, but it will roll center front/center back (and no amount of blocking will resolve.)

Currently, there are many sweaters "designed" with no edges/hems or other features to prevent stocking knit from acting as it naturally wants to--(and rolling!)

if you really hate the roll, and don't want to fight it, think about adding:
1 a hem
2 an edging (knit on--see any of Nicky Epstein's books on edging, or any other book of the same sort, or even a good stitch dictionary for edging.
3--a crochet edging. (but a single row of single crochet will not do it.)
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