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« on: April 16, 2004 11:31:07 AM »

Okay, I just started knitting about a month ago.  My first project was a VERY basic  scarf with 3 rows of garter stich around the outside edge and stockinette in the middle.  However about 20 rows into it the scarf started to curl up on itself.  Now that I am done it is more like a giant snake than a scarf.

So I thought..."maybe it was the yarn?"  Project 2 was a novelty scarf for my best friend.  She wanted eylash yarn that I combined with a chunky chenille on #11 needles.  All garter stitch.  Totally cute!!!  She loves it.  If I can get it away from her I will take photos.

However, I had about 15 yards of leftover chenille that I decided to do a quick choker out of.  Mostly cause I needed something to do on the rest of the bus ride home from work.  4 stitches wide.  All in stockinette stitch.  10 rows in the d@rn thing started rolling up on itself!!!!

Soooooooo..............what am I doing wrong?  I want to tackle something besides scarfs, but I don't want to make a bunch of projects that turn into snake like projects!  Wink

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2004 11:37:32 AM »

stockinette curls up.  plain and simple.  you aren't doing anything wrong.  It does this because the knit stitches are a teeny bit bigger than the purl stitches.  garter stitch doesn't curl, because you are alternating which side the knit stitches face - same thing with ribbing (if there's an equal number of knit at purl in the ribbing) or moss stitch.
the garter stitch border should have helped with the curling on that first scarf - maybe you just needed more border/scarf ratio.  Did you just make the first and last  couple of rows in garter or did you also do the first and last couple of stitches on each row?
another thing you can do is blocks of stockinette facing opposite directions - this gives a stripe or checkered effect

You can also try blocking your finished pieces.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2004 12:27:39 PM »

Have no fear you're doing nothing wrong.  But you know some of the best things can look great rolled.  A rolled scarf is cute sometimes.  So don't worry.  It's life
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2004 08:32:26 AM »

...and a rolled choker could look really cute! You could just stitch it up with mattress stitch so that it's officially a tube.

You know, if you're making lots of chokers, you can knit beads into your fabric. Look it up online...
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2004 08:35:50 AM »

"stockinette" as you yanks call it, curls up. a border of some kind is the most effective way of stopping it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2004 08:46:55 AM »

My mom always says that if you slip the first and the last stitch the stockinette won't roll on you, but I haven't found that to be true. My daughter did a scarf with a garter border and I think that she needed to increase it to five stitches in garter to stop her minimal rolling. Either way, rolls or not, scarves still keep you warm!

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2004 10:15:18 AM »

Thanks for all the advice!  Glad to know that it wasn't me.  Roll Eyes  I am working on a scarf in a basket weave design right now and am happy to report.........NO ROLLING!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2004 07:34:11 PM »

"stockinette" as you yanks call it, curls up. a border of some kind is the most effective way of stopping it.

Wait, what do the non-Yanks call it?  Huh
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2004 03:37:10 AM »

stocking stitch  Smiley
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