Blocking Question

Okay, It is slowly starting to sink in that I need to stop buying acrylic yarn. Unfortunately, it is readily available and not much else is!

I have started a scarf using this pattern, and the scarf is curling inward. Unfortunately, I am using acrylic yarn and wondered if there are any fixes for this. I have been reading and see that blocking is not an option.

Any suggestions?

Are you knitting a stockinette pattern i.e. one row of knit, one row of purl? This always curls. Most people generally put a border on the sides to prevent that. Garter or seed stitch etc. If you hate the curl you can either undo and start again and use a different stitch or consider adding a border to the sides when completed. That means more work probably than undoing what you have done.

I only just opened the link. So you’ve already done a garter stitch border and it’s still curling. If you’ve doing the same dimensions as the scarf in the image I can only suggest you try a different border edge stitch rather than garter. You did do the garter I am assuming :slight_smile:

Hi Susan - thanks for replying. :slight_smile:

I am doing the pattern as written. Ugh! :eyes:

Do you think a wider garter stitch border would alleviate the problem? And, if I was using wool instead, would that pretty much assure it would lay flat - or respond to blocking, at least?

Hey - at least I’m gaining experience!!

If you already have the yarn, why not use it for a pattern that doesn’t curl as much?
This one looks pretty easy

If there’s nothing in your area you can order lots online. I like acrylic for somethings but what I really love most is wool.

Thanks Minkoo - that looks like a good solution. And it looks good for a man or woman - (I’m making the scarf for a charity project). I was debating starting over with wool, though.

I’m getting a little disheartened about all the frogging I’ve been doing lately. :frog:

I’m going to a different craft store this afternoon (no lys around here), so maybe they have more to choose from. I just need to remember - no more acrylic!!:doh:

I think I’ll take all my acrylics I have on hand and make some kitty beds :slight_smile:

“Cast on a multiple of 3 sts (plus one on each edge for a selvage).”

What do I do with the extra stitch on each edge? :shrug:

[quote=minkoo;920161]If you already have the yarn, why not use it for a pattern that doesn’t curl as much?
This one looks pretty easy

Hi! I just wanted to update that I finished the scarf using the pattern Minkoo suggested. It turned out great and doesn’t curl at all! You can see it in [B]this[/B] post :slight_smile:

Thanks again for the help!!


I’ve been purusing the site looking for an answer to my ‘curling’ problem, and I found your question.

I use a great deal of Red Heart acrylic yarn as it’s inexpensive, and I’m still a novice knitter, but I have a problem with the items curling at the bottom.

I completed a great [easy] pattern for a toddler sweater, but the curling makes it look shorter. I was wondering if I could somehow press the bottom of the sweater without crushing the stitches? Or should I add a border as recommended?

Thanks for the help…

You could use a steam iron, only hold the iron above the sweater and steam block it. The other thing that causes curling is tight tension. Even if you’re getting gauge, I find that things knit densely may curl more than looser knit things.

Hey Constant Knitter!

I hope this thread is helpful to you. The people here are very knowledgeable and willing to help. I hope you can work out the issue you are having with their help;)

Thanks Sharly: I love this site - and the advice is invaluable. I’m now attempting a jumper for my niece and of course the curling issue, as with the sweater, is plaguing me. I woke up one morning thinking about it and decided I needed professional help, so I came right to this site. It’s nice to know there are so many talented knitters out there that are generous enough to help beginners like me.

Thanks for the advice. I’ll try steam only without applying the iron to the stitches. And you’re right: my knitting can also be tight, so I’ve been careful to check the gauge every few rows keeping it in line with my swatch. I never thought a gauge swatch would be so vital to a finished project, but I’m learning. Thanks again for the advice.

You are so welcome! I sure have received a lot of help here!!

That’s great! I’m so glad I was able to help :slight_smile: