FAQ....Is your STOCKINETTE CURLING? Here's the solution!


#241

Leaves out Yoda?? :noway: How can it leave out Yoda? That’s the most important thing!

But seriously, thanks!


#242

I am knitting a reverse stockinette scarf. I began with four rows of garter stitch after the cast on, however, the fabric is curling where I began the stockinette stitch. I have a border at the side edges and it isn’t curling at the sides. Does anyone have any suggestions?


#243

Have you washed and blocked it yet? That might help some.

For future reference, though, you’ll probably need to add a wider boarder at the bottom and top to keep it from curling.


#244

You can wash and dry the part you’ve got finished, but even with a wool yarn, that may not counteract the curl at the lower edge. Four rows of garter stitch is only 2 ridges, and you probably need a bit more, like 6 rows/3 ridges or even 4 ridges. It tends to want to flip up really, more than curl, and you can do a row of k1 p1 at the transition which could help. This article can help.


#245

Right. I was going to say that 4 rows is not enough. The sides will curl without a good border, too.

Reverse stockinette is the same as reg. stockinette.


#246

I’m working on a scarf at the mo that’s stockinette with two pearl thin purl pannels, it curled so, as per internet advice, I ripped the lot back and started again but with a straight knit border. It’s still curling! I read that if I make it twice as long, double it over and hem the edges then it will lie flat. It’ll be a lot of work so I’m after opinions before I continue :aww:


#247

to do this I do a certain number of rows at the bottom in garter stitch. I then knit a certain number of stitches on the left and right side in garter stitch. Then after I do as much stockinette as I want I do the same number of rows in garter at the top as I did at the bottom. That little bit of garter all around really helps with the curling and to me makes kind of a nice frame for the stockinette and also an even depth in the fabric.


#248

Thank you for bringing this up. Is there anything I can do about the nose area on my finished hat project? I just finished a hedgehog hat with a single crochet (1row, loose) trim. The edge is curling just at the nose which ruins the “cuteness” factor. Lots of work for a beginning knitter with disappointing results. I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank you so much.


#249

It looks terrific to me. Have you tried blocking it yet? The curling is fairly minimal and may well not show when worn.


#250

Thank you! I just started blocking it tonight. We’ll see…


#251

That is a seriously cute hedgehog. (I’m showing up late just to say that.)


#252

This is why I prefer garter stitch.


#253

Wool is very easy to block. Wet it carefully (very thouroughly). Place between 2 dry towels and press as much water out as is possible. Lay on a flat surface and pin to the size given on the pattern. Allow to air dry. I understand you might be able to press the edges after the scarf is pinned, with a warm iron. Look up blocking wool on youtube and other sources you trust. I always go to Liat Gat at KnitFreedom or Staci at VeryPink.com. They both are great instructors and explain why as well as how.