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Jul 27, 2013 10:35:11   #
Bonita Johnson
I'm making scarves and the edges are curling. HELP!! I don't remember seeing this on the KP.
Jul 27, 2013 10:40:46   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
If you are knitting in stockinette, it will curl. You need to do several stitches on each eadge in garter or seed stitch. If you really love the look of stockinette, and want to knit stripes, you can use a light weight yarn and knit it in the round, and just sew the ends shut. There will be no curl, and all the color changes will be concealed inside the tube.
Jul 27, 2013 10:48:27   #
cathie02664 (a regular here)
I slip the first 2 of each side purl wise and continue in stockinette
The edges wont roll
Jul 27, 2013 12:23:45   #
cathie02664 wrote:
I slip the first 2 of each side purl wise and continue in stockinette
The edges wont roll

I have been doing this for years - works great. It will also help you keep the edges nice and straight when you block, which will also straighten it out when you are done. Just make sure when you slip the stitches (always purlwise) your yarn is in front on the purl side (WS) of your stockinette row and in the back of your knit (RS) row. Give a little tug after you knit/purl the first stitch the tighten the edge and it will bend towards the wrong side and leave a nice edge. Depending on the design of your scarf, you may need to add 4 extra stitches (2 on each end) to your pattern. If you are knitting something that will be seamed, slip only one stitch for a smooth seamable edge.
Jul 27, 2013 20:35:27   #
Bonita Johnson
Thank you so much. I'll give that a try. Thanks again.
Jul 28, 2013 05:30:52   #
mt jane
Slip the first stitch, always. If there is no pattern youre following do a garter or seed stitch for the first few stitches, how many would depend on needle size and stitch count
Jul 28, 2013 08:47:22   #
talk about edge roll ! I am knitting Beads of Earth, a scarf in the Scarf Style book (which i luckily get at my library) after the initial bead work (lots of fun) the scarf is stockinette / i knew this would roll and so it did / i tried different methods to avoid it but adding even one stitch at each edge threw the balance of the bead work off / i decided i LIKE THE ROLL (please excuse shouting/smile) / let's see, why wd i like the roll ? well, the piece is more of a neck thingie / i can see in the picture that wrapped around the neck is the roll so i went ahead with it / i love this piece so much for the colors (very southwestern where i live) that i have gone ahead

see that roll ! one picture is the back side of the beadwork

Jul 28, 2013 12:03:23   #
Heres a fix for those rolled edges that really works

Slip the FIRST TWO stitches of EACH row (one end only not both ends of a row)

On RS (KNIT side), slip 2 stitches purlwise with yarn held in back
On WS (PURL side), slip 2 stitches purlwise with yarn held in front

Low and behold it has cured the "age old" problem. Knitting stockinette that doesn't roll in on itself. The only other alternative I've found was to knit/crochet a border around your piece to add weight to the edges.
Good luck
Jul 28, 2013 12:56:08   #
Here's a good discussion of that very problem.
Jul 28, 2013 14:09:05   #
In addition to slipping the 1st one or two stitches, if you will k your beginning row tbl chances are it won't roll (or as bad).
Jul 28, 2013 17:57:28   #
linny anne
cathie02664 wrote:
I slip the first 2 of each side purl wise and continue in stockinette
The edges wont roll

Do you mean you slip purl wise the 1st 2 stitches in every row?

Linny Anne
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