Howdy I just joined this site. Started knitting about two weeks ago. Taking a project knitting class or two at the LYS. The people are fantastic. Finished my first scarf. Basic knit stitch. Now I am working on a second scarf in the stockinette stitch and its curling. I have about 13 inches on it so far and am thinking that I can crochet a border around it when I am finished........any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to start a big warm wool blanket and of course, a sweater and also a Jeep cover(joke)...........Thanks!

MMario's picture

the dreaded curl. Yes a goodly crocheted border will help with that.

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kylewilliam's picture

I have found that when doing things in stockinette stitch that if I add a border on either side of the piece in knit only (and at top and bottom) it helps hold scarves more flat - I'm sure that adding a border will also help (but I know nothing about crochet) so I'd have to concede to those who know!

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Tallguy's picture

Well, something they should have told you is that stockinette is SUPPOSED to curl! That is a feature of the stitch. It will curl INWARDS on the horizontal, and OUTWARD on the vertical.

One solution is to have a border of some kind, usually garter stitch, or moss stitch, to balance it. Anthing with an even distribution of knit and purl stitches will work. I have heard that crochet sometimes will help, but I don't do that.

Another thing to do is make it wide enough and seam the long side. In effect, you have made a tube, a two-layered fabric. That is how many of the commercial scarves are made, and gives you double thickness. Of course, they use much finer yarns and needles... well, it's an idea!

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Where are you located? We'll hop down to that LYS brandishing our 'sticks' and give them what for for letting you knit 13 inches! The quickest solution for me would to be (and hold your breath here 'cause it is going to be painful) rip it out! Ouch! I know, I know, like killing a baby.

Then take tallguy' suggestion about a double thickness and knit it in the round. No purling, no seam to do, and you really don't have to be picky about weaving in the ends!

Let me know what course you decide,


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Needless to say I did go to the LYS today and I tore out my scarf. Manos del Uraguay yarn by the way. Beautiful red colors.........I think my Mom will really like it. : ) Anyhow at the LYS my friends were telling me that it may be easier for me to "pick" the yarn rather than knit it. Its funny because I decided to make this scarf in a seed stitch(which I am still getting down) and then the whole "picking" thing totally threw me off! "Oh Noooooo...." So now I am trying to perfect the seed stitch on a skein of redheart acrylic that i bought just so that I can learn and hopefully make MOST of my mistakes. Had to take a break for a minute, though, which is why I am here on this site. Wish me luck! Also, I was really surprised at how quickly responses came back to my original problem. Thanks to all of you who answered! You all seem like a bunch of really nice people! RMK