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Topic: Why is ribbed scarf curling?  (Read 1415 times)
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« on: February 22, 2012 06:29:12 AM »

Hi guys!

I'm currently knitting a scarf for my brother in k3, p2 one row, k2, p3 the next ribbing. But the scarf is curling! I really have no idea why, doing a google search didn't help me very much either.

What it SHOULD look like:

What it's natural state is:

Will blocking help? I don't want to rip out the scarf, is there any way to fix it before I continue further?

Thanks in advance!! Smiley
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012 08:55:49 AM »

There's just not enough purl sts in the ribbing to counteract the knit sts. This may block flatter, and you can block what you've got now to see if it does help. Slide your sts to the cord, or put them on some scrap yarn and block it out.

« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012 10:56:02 AM »

Thank you for the reply!

I'm going to rip out the scarf and try k3, p3 instead. Hopefully it'll still keep the same look, but will just be flatter. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012 03:28:36 PM »

I read somewhere that a garter stitch border helps. You just knit the first three stitches of every row, regardless of whether you're on the knit side or purl side. I've never done it, myself, but it looks kinda neat on scarves that have a big cable design or something in the middle.

« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012 08:05:21 AM »

Depending on the gauge, you may need more like 5 or 6 sts in garter at the edge. I'm not sure that would look so great with ribbing though.

« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012 03:46:18 PM »

I tried 3 x 3 ribbing and it simply does not keep the same look as 3 x 2 ribbing. So I ripped that out, and tried 2 x 2. But it looked too girly for my manly brother...haha. SO I ripped it again. I did NOT want to do 1 x 1, unless as a last resort. And I really liked the look of 3 x 2.

So what did I do? I decided to try 3 x 2 ribbing again, except this time, knit more loosely. Because the pattern called for size 5.5 needles, and I'm pretty sure my needles are smaller than that (I can't remember, cuz I bought them a long time ago). The curling is less intense this time around, I'm just hoping blocking it will make it flat!!
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2012 02:46:32 PM »

Yes, larger needles can help, it's hard to remember to knit looser for a whole project though. If you can get some size 10/6mm that'll probably be even better. I find things knit at a really loose gauge less prone to curling than at smaller gauges.

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