@#!$!@#$ Chenille!!!

I have been working on a scarf for my wife using Red Heart worsted weight yarn. I've put many hours into it and have produced about 27" worth of scarf that looks, to be honest, pretty darned good. It has been tedious because my knitting is tight (probably beginner death grip) and the yarn is light. It's 30 stitches wide (7") of garter stitch.

So, feeling a bit cocky about my growing skill, I picked up some Lion Brand Thick&Quick Chenille to knit a scarf for my MIL's birthday. I figured that it would be a no-brainer - 14 stitches across of stockinette. WRONG!!! I've had more problems with this yarn than I'd imagined. My knitting is ending up super-tight and incredibly uneven. I actually only got about 3" done before I ripped it all out and started again. This time, things went better (although I resorted to garter stitch) although it was still uneven and difficult to deal with. When I counted up stitches on my last row, I realized that I'd picked up a stitch somewhere. I tried to un-knit it a bit, but ended up just unraveling it all.


So, I am going to take a break from it today and may start again tomorrow with stockinette again (which the pattern calls for). I just hope I don't end up with super-tight stitches again!!!


Tallguy's picture

You need to remember that stockinette will want to curl -- upwards across the width, and outwards on the edges. You may want to do a couple rows garter at the beginning, and couple stitches garter along the edges. You can also use moss stitch, which looks nice to. Just a thought.

And LOOSEN up!! I tend to knit tight, but have learned to loosen up, and it's gone much much better for me. There is no reason to be so tight... and maybe you can use larger needles. For the first few years, I always went UP 2 sizes at least in needle size than what was recommended. It's YOUR knitting, so do what YOU need to do to get the results YOU want! And loosen up!

There --- it's just that easy!

Bill's picture

Chenille can be tricky.. if you knit too loose, on larger needles...it can "worm"...(develope loops sticking out)...later on.
...but I love the look and feel of chenille.

Bill's right on the money. Next time you work with chenille, you'll have to drop down about 2 sizes from the needles that the pattern calls for and adjust your gauge by working up a swatch. If you are using cotton chenille you won't have as much of a 'wormie' problem as you'll encounter with a rayon chenille. The rayon is a bitch to work with - I'm a weaver, also, and let me tell you that you have to beat that stuff in with fury or it will worm on you on the loom, let alone off the loom.

But, it's simple to tame it. Just remember that you have to knit it very tightly so it can't take on a life of it's own.

Don't give up on it, ok?

Alles beste,
~Mike in Tampa
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Parrot's picture

I learned the hard way . . . what may look nice at first, can look like a disaster later. When I first started knitting, I used the cheap chenille from Wally World . . looked nice, felt nice, easy to knit. I had planned to give the "beautiful" chenille scarves away. Boy, I'm glad I didn't do that! It wasn't long before they looked really bad. The chenille "wormed". My LYS guru explained to me about chenille worming. She had a beautifl woven scarf in the shop that was for sale, woven by one of our guild members. But, the chenille in the shawl was starting to worm, virtually ruining a nice piece of fiber art.

I have learned since to be very selective with the fibers that I use. If I'm going to spend the time on a project, I now only use a higher quality yarn. They look better, feel better (both as a finished product and while knitting), and best of all, they will last for a long time.

What I thought was something nice when I first started knitting, now looks like a pile of used rags! Well .. we all had to start somewhere. And part of the journey, I am finding out, is learning about the fibers used in projects. What may look and feel wonderful on the shelf doesn't always translate to a fine finished project.