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Topic: Crochet [question: why does sc tend to curl?]  (Read 1320 times)
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« on: December 02, 2010 08:27:07 PM »

H, everyone i have a funny question. When you single crochet a few rows, why does it start too roll at the end? Too tight? It drives me crazy. Thank You
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010 03:19:01 AM »

It's just the nature of the stitch, really.  There are things you can do the lessen the problem, or make it go away, but it can affect the look and feel of the finished project.

Use a bigger hook - the more loose your stitches are, the less of a problem this is.  This will change the drape of your fabric, too.

Block it - if you're using a natural fibre, you can usually get rid of the curl by blocking it... dampen the project, then spread it out flat (use rust-proof pins if needed), and when it dries, it should stay in the shape you left it.

Add a border - adding a border usually does the trick, but, it alters the look of the project.  There are lots and lots of options for borders, though. ^_^

Just a final note: make sure sc is the right stitch for your project.  Perhaps an extended sc would work, or even a hdc or dc.  I would hesitate to use sc for, say, a square blanket worked in rows. 

Come to think of it, I'm having a hard time coming up with a good project for sc worked in rows... I don't use sc very often!  I mainly use sc in things like amigurumi, and bags, where the curl goes away just by virtue of there either not being any edge, or the edge being sewn up.

« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010 06:59:26 PM »

Thank you very much. I started all over with a hdc. Like it better.And that is faster anyway.
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010 04:50:19 AM »

I'm a little late to this party but I have found that when my work curls it's a sign that my chain row is too tight.   I will redo it with a larger hook, that works for me because I tend to chain on the tight side but stitch just right.
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