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« on: December 08, 2004 09:19:21 PM »

im trying to make a scarf using the basic stockinete stich but it keeps on curling up. is there anyway to fix this or to stop it?

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2004 11:46:49 PM »

i think you should use double stockinette stitch, when you do so, it will never curl up and it will looking good both sides.. you know, basic stockinette stitch's wrong side is full of little smileyish stitchs and i think it is not ok for a scarf... here is the tutorial for it:


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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2004 06:45:47 AM »

stocking/stockinette fabric has a natural tendancy to curl because the knit-side of a stitch uses a bit more yarn than the purl side.  The purl side pulls in horizontally and the knit side pulls in vertically. 

If you are dead-set on a totally stocking stitch scarf, then tinybits is right, double knitting is a good idea. Using this method, you can make a double-thickness scarf with two different colours, too, or work colour patterns into it fairly easily, once you've mastered the technique.

Logically, a double-knit scarf will take twice as much yarn as a single-layer scarf of the same size. It also will take close to twice as long to knit, since you have to work each row twice.

If you don't mind incorporating other stitches, you can incorporate a garter stitch border (knit every row for the first inch, knit the first and last inch-or-so of stitches every row). You can also use a pattern like seed stitch or ribbing - one that has an equal number of knit and purl stitches on both sides.
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