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« on: January 20, 2007 10:31:36 PM »

sometimes i just can't help myself when i'm in the craft store.  last time i was there i bought two skeins of lion brand microspun... it is just so darn soft.

i started knitting a scarf (what else can you even really make with this stuff?), but it is looking kind of funky in a bad way.  (see images below.) 

so i'm wondering, is this curling permanent, or will it even out after it's been through the wash?  i know you can't block acrylic, but would a trip through the dryer make it better or worse?  should i even bother finishing this?

i've made a scarf with microspun once before, but it was on slightly larger needles and turned out okay.  here i'm using size 4 (3.25 mm).

here it is, smoothed out:

its natural state, knit side:

purl side:

thanks for any suggestions.

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2007 10:38:53 PM »

The best way I've found to work with scarves in any yarn is not knitting in stockinette stitch.  I did one in Microspun w/ SS, and the only way I could get it to not roll was to put a backing of fabric on it.

As for what else to do with Microspun, I've made fingerless gloves and a Knitty's Calorimetry.  I love working with it b/c it's so soft.

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2007 10:45:46 PM »

Sorry to tell you but its going to curl and its totally unblockable

« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2007 10:48:11 PM »

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It was starting out to be so pretty!

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2007 10:50:00 PM »

this is from the new knit.1 and it calls for microspun:

just in case you wanted to do something other than a scarf

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2007 10:52:01 PM »

er, the only successful microspun items I've ever made were hats (already round so curling wasn't a problem) and the thneed.

It's a big object that took a long time to make and Everything bad that microspun can possibly do it did to me. Splitting, pilling, catching, tangling. I became convinced it was taunting me. Curling around wasn't a problem because it was all in the round, but all the edges that could curl did. I crocheted around to thicken flaps and keep them sturdy, but I'm not sure that would work on the scale of the long edge of an entire scarf.

I HATE HATE HATE this yarn but it's just too darn useful to dismiss out of hand. Whatever evils it may commit it is affordable, supersoft, and washable. There are just too many children in need and chemo patients who need hats to throw it out the window--- much as I want to.

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2007 03:07:12 AM »

It's the nature of stockinette to curl.  A border, such as you've done, can help but it's often not enough to prevent curling if the fabric is closely knit.  The tighter the gauge, the more tightly the item will curl, also.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2007 08:00:17 AM »

If you're dead set on a scarf, you could do ribbing, or moss stitch (seed stitch?  I don't know what the difference is...) because those will lay flat.  Or you could do cables!

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2007 08:09:36 AM »

Well, I've got 2 microspun projects going, a cabled scarf for the hubby, and a Razor cami for myself. The cami is actually a third try, but I already noticed in version 2 that microspun knit in the round doesn't curl. The cabled scarf curls like the devil though, and so does a wrap I made for myself with the stuff. I did wet-block it, that is hand wash and pinned it out to dry, and it helped a little. Does  still curl quite a bit though...

I must add that I absolutely love the softness for the price though, I don't have a great LYS near me, so the fact that Micheal's carries it (for cheap!) makes me very happy! Good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2007 11:27:59 AM »

thanks for all the help, everyone!

i had a feeling this was going to be a permanent problem...  i swear, microspun is the devil.  so soft and tempting, but then as soon as i touch it with my less-than-smooth fingers, it comes apart.  it would be nice if i could reuse the yarn i've already knitted, but i know that would be a disaster.

i wanted to make a nice looking scarf in stockinette, but its not breaking my heart to give it up.  and now that i think about it, the other scarf i made with microspun was done in garter stitch, so that's why it turned out.

before this scarf, i did one fingerless glove, or maybe it would be better to call it a wristwarmer with a tipless thumb.  it was just a practice thing but it actually looks really nice, and i enjoy working on dpns, so i think what i'll do is scrap the scarf and make some longer fingerless armwarmers.  they would look super nice with a cable too... it's my absolute first try cabling so wish me luck.

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