I have a blanket I am knitting for my grand-daughter. I am using Caron Simply soft, and the blanket is curving under on the sides despite garter stick borders. I was thinking of crocheting and edging, but someone was trying to tell me about “killing acrylic”. Has anyone done that, and if so, how did you do it. Thanks.
You do it by steaming, but have to be careful not to overdo it or get it too hot, or the acrylic will melt and get hard. You may be using too small a needle, tight sts can cause it to curl too, or you may need more sts on the borders, just a few may not be enough. When you’re done, first wash and dry it in; the steam created in the dryer may be enough to help relax the stitches.
Garter stitch will always do that. I use short rows on garter stitch borders whether it’s a blanket or button band on a sweater. I realize at this point it may not help you, but here’s a thread that discussed that.
There’s no guarantee that killing it will work either, but I would definitely practice with a couple swatches first to learn how and see how the fabric handles it before you try it on your blanket.
this particular pattern is rather intricate and involves lace and cables. I have been working on it for a couple of months. I don’t want to do anything chancey. Someone told me to put it in the dryer until it is almost dry, and then pin it for blocking. Also, I am going to try a crocheted border. I figure that the worse that would happen is that I rip the border.
Do be carefull about killing or even steaming the cables, that can make them go limp really fast. The safest thing to do first would be wash and dry in the dryer until just dry; pinning it out while damp probably won’t do much for it unless you’re going to steam it. But after it’s dry you can take a look at it and maybe just lightly steam the edges.
I forgot about this link, but it’ll be helpful. I think trying the edges would be a good idea, but make a swatch first.