I-cord & Scarf Border

I am going to be making a scarf of some design or another, but if I choose to stay with stockinette stitch, I will need to put a border at both ends and the sides to avoid curling. I recently read that someone put an i-cord on the sides but didn't indicate if that would stop the curling. I'm thinking it won't because the tension on the front and back will be different, thus the curling. Has anyone tried this?

Does anyone have any suggestions on something other than a plain garter stitch for a border on all sides? It's a tried and true method to keep things from curling, but I'd like something a bit more interesting for this scarf.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, guys!



Bill's picture

Moss stitch, double moss, checkerboard, basket weave.
All combinations of knit purl...will help stop the curl.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Bill...I knew I could count on you!

chipsir's picture

I quite like to put a seed stitch border on scarves, it looks nice and keeps the body from curling. Good luck, let us know what you decide.

Tom Hart's picture

Hi Mark,
For a scarf just in stockinette stitch, a couple of border-free options would be: 1. just knit 1 X 1 ribbing however wide you want the scarf (it lies flat and looks like stockinette...the purl ribs pull together so you don't really see them, you just see the knit ribs) or 2. knit a tube, sew the ends closed and iron it flat. That would give you a double-thick scarf but if that would be too thick you could knit the tube using sock yarn or lace-weight. Good luck with it, Tom

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Tom...that's a really good idea. I hadn't thought of that. It is something I will give a try!

Tom Hart's picture

Hi Mark,
I urge you to check out an old post from Tony Bellville (bellton) from Columbus, Ohio. The post was on Sunday, December 12, 2010. It’s entitled, “Happy Holidays and Project Updates”. It has 4 attachments. The first is labeled "Kiley's scarf in Noro Kureyon". The second is "Second Noro scarf in Silk Garden". Both scarves are knit using k1p1 ribbing. When I saw them I thought they were double-knit because I was a new knitter at the time and I thought the only way you could get stockinette to relax and lie down flat was by double knitting. So I asked him in the comments section if it was double knit and he said no, it was k1p1 ribbing. It's a simple concept that creates a very elegant piece of work. (He used two different skeins of Noro to get an amazing striping effect. He used a pattern by Brooklyn Tweed that he said he got off Ravelry for free.) You can find the post by clicking the archive feature. All the best, Tom

scottly's picture

Mark beat me to he punch with the knit a tube idea. I've done both the the garter stitch edge and the seed stitch and they work fine but the cool thing about the tube is that you have no wrong side - as Mark said it is twice the thickness and twice the work but it would be very warm. I think if you used big needles, maybe 15s or so you could get by with a worsted weight - the looseness of the stitches would keep it from seeming so thick. It might also be cool to crochet the ends closed and finsh them off with a nifty crochet border.

kylewilliam's picture

agreeing with chipsir and Bill - I was going to say seed stitch - you could also try a few rows of stockinette followed by a few rows of reverse stockinette - at the ends and along the sides of the scarf this might look like blocks?


ronhuber's picture

For me the most charming scarf that exists is one in all garter stitch. I know it looks a bit like a kindergarten student made it but when I see one it tugs at my heart. Make it long ways and it takes less time.

superi's picture

I second the 1 x 1 ribbing idea. I've made one of those before, and they turn out very nice, and are very warm. Slipping the first stitch of every row also cleans up and makes the edge look nice on these.