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« on: January 24, 2007 08:48:41 AM »

I just started knitting this scarf for my sister using the Dimples stitch out of the first Vogue stitchionary.  I am using Debbie Bliss's Cashmerino Aran on size 8 needles if that matters.

The problem I am having is that it is curling something fierce at the bottom.  This picture was taken right after I had stretched it out a little.  Will this problem be resolved through blocking or will it always do it?  I read the FAQ and don't think that that information applies since this isn't a straight stockinette (if I am wrong I apologize) and I don't really want to add a border as I think it will detract from the pattern.

Thanks for any help that can be given...Whit
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007 09:06:32 AM »

The yarn you're using is made of - 55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere  - so yes, blocking should help, although I'm not sure how much, and I'm not sure you can steam block microfiber, or if you're stuck with wet-blocking it. (I'd wet block, just to be safe.)

It might not be straight stockinette, but when you look at the wrong side of your work, it's all purls... so I'm guessing that might be part of it. Hope this helps!

« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007 10:45:39 AM »

It may have been better to start out with about 4 rows of garter stitch. It is a nice pattern.


« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007 10:49:39 AM »

Well, according to the Yarn Harlot's book, blocking may not help that much curling at all. I think she suggested just taking it off the needles (& putting the stitches on a holder) and blocking it now to see if it helps. As much as I love that yarn, I've had similar problems with cashmerino aran & blocking didn't help. Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007 11:07:44 AM »

its not the yarn.  its the stitch.

any stitch pattern that is predominantly stocking knit stitch curls, (knit some more, and the side edges will start to curl too!)

stocking knit (or any pattern that has predominatly knits on one side and purls on the other will curl.

it's is the nature of the stitch.

blocking will help (momentarily) edging will help (a bit, but unless the edging is broad, it will curl or fold at the change from pattern/edging.

if you want a Mostly stocking knit pattern, you have to double or line the scarf.
(you could line in bias cut silk, (or silk like poly ester))

you can pretend your dog is a cat, but your dog is a dog.

you can pretend its the yarn, or it needs an edging, but the fact is stitch patterns with mostly knits on side (mostly purls on the other) will curl.  that is the nature of this kind of knitting!


« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007 05:04:26 PM »

You could add fringe to it to weigh it down, too.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007 05:13:58 PM »

I think after reading through everything I will be switching the pattern...next time I try this maybe I will choose a heavier wool and add a border to the bottom and sides...have to experiment on this one.

Thank you to all that helped me out...this board has been invaluable to helping me learn to knit.


« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2007 09:05:55 PM »

I'm not sure the heavier wool would help, though the border would. You might also try going up a size or two on the needles. I've found stockinette doesn't curl quite as bad with looser stitches.


« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2007 09:44:12 PM »

Man, I LOVE curling!

sorry!  couldn't resist!

« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2007 09:35:14 AM »

stocking knits "curl" can be put to good use..

look at this hat that is designed with curl in mind..


rows of stocking knit and reverses stocking knit make a lovely rolled ridge  that make an otherwise plain hat spectactular.

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