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Old 07-06-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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What do I do with the last stitch?
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I am a true beginner and have learned a few things from a friend and the rest on line watching videos. I made a scarf of stockingnet stitch and it is curling like crazy. I will try to block it with steam as I have read but I want to know what to do with the last stitch after I bind off. The binding off looks right but when I get to the last stitch what do I do?

Any help for this simple question?

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Old 07-06-2009, 09:30 PM   #2
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Cut the yarn, leaving a long enough tail to weave in and either pull out the loop, or thread the tail through it and tighten.

Yep, stockinette curls, you can't really block it out. There's some ideas in the sticky thread though -
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:35 PM   #3
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Cut the yarn leaving about a 5 to 6 inch tail, then bring the end of the tail through that last loop and pull tight, weave in the tail. (You can also view this on the video from this site labeled-"A Demo of a Small Project" .

Stockinette curls (that's just it's nature), usually no amount of blocking will remedy it 100%. Look at the Sticky post at the top of the "How-to" forum "Is your Stockinette Curling?" Usually a garter or seed stitch border of about 5 stitches all around will prevent that, but seeing as you are already done, you'd have to pick up and knit the border on.

Good luck, don't get discouraged! There's no wasted knitting-it adds to your knitting expertise!
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:45 AM   #4
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Perhaps I'll start a trend. Curly scarves!

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Old 07-07-2009, 11:05 AM   #5
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I have seen some nice stockinette scarves which are knit in the round so that it doesn't matter if they curl. You're just halfway there.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:41 PM   #6
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Re the curling - yeah, the best thing to do about that (and I'm speaking as someone with extensive experience of knitting that wasn' is to show it off with an air of great confidence (and perhaps a hint of smugness) and make everyone think it was deliberate. (Really, if they've never heard of artfully curled stocking stitch scarves, that's just their lack of culture, isn't it? Isn't it?

Congratulations on the scarf!
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