Uh oh....

So about that Superwash wool...

Since I couldn't do a felted join, I went ahead and did a good, solid tie.

Or...I thought it was good and solid.

Looking at the spot on the scarf where the knot was, I noticed today that it was coming untied. YIKES! How do I keep it from coming loose? I tried pushing the ends of the knot through to the other side of the scarf, but they just pop back through before too long. I'd already joined and continued knitting when I posted about my inability to felt, so I was unable to try the couple of great suggestions that were offered. I'm just all paranoid it will come untied now. :-(


QueerJoe's picture

I've never used it, but a lot of knitters recommend Dritz Fray Check, which is kind of like a rubbery glue that doesn't wash out of fabrics...typically used to keep raw fabric edges from fraying.


ksmarguy's picture

I have used Fray Check and it is not rubbery for very long...It gets hard as stone after a week of drying....

Aleene's® Flexible Stretchable Fabric Glue

This stuff works, it will hold it and it won't get really hard. It dries clear but still use it sparingly. It will flex and won't dry hard, it has a bit of flex to it. It's also super cheap...only about 3 bucks a bottle at the craft stores.

The only other thing that I have used would probably not help you at the moment unless you left long tails at your join and that is using the Russian join...it's what I use on the acrylic knits. so I don't have to knot them. Like I said, to use that now you will need a fairly long tails like I mentioned, but keep it in mind next time, it is a nice join if not a bit fussy to work at first.

YugiDean's picture

Should I be using these glue things on the ends or on the knot itself?

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright


ksmarguy's picture

I would loosen the knot a bit, tap a little glue in, then gently tighten the knot. to spread the glue

albert's picture

Put a legnth of yarn on a darning needle, and on the back side of your work weave it in an inch or two before the knot. Then pop the needle through to the front side at the knot and do a duplicate stitch over the knot, then go through to the back again and weave your yarn in with the darning needle for an inch or two after the knot.

YugiDean's picture

I'm already crappy at duplicate stitching, but this is beyond my skill level (for now) since I'm double-knitting a reversible design. :-\ Yikes.

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright


When I was in the Brownies (pre-Girl Guides) I learned to tie a knot that never slips. You need a thread in each hand and the simple instruction is: left thread over right thread and under, right thread over left thread and under. Gently pull ends and voilà - a knot that does not slip. Hope this helps before we have another YSP