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Apr 14, 2017 02:37:23   #
judypfennemore
 
I'm knitting a blanket for charity from scraps, (first time knitting a blanket), using my Bond ISM. The edges are curling terribly, so I tried Diana Sullivan's three prong transfer to try and prevent the curl. It helped; there is less curl but still not flat. Has anyone tried the worm edge and found it to be successful? All hints and tips would be much appreciated!
 
Apr 14, 2017 06:59:49   #
Rita in Raleigh
 
I have done Diana's 3 prong edging and it works, but I still had to hand press the afghan flat.
I also have done the worm edge. It holds the afghan flat, but makes a big bump all around the item.

I have also done an e-wrap over the first and last 3-5 stitches on each side. This also helps to make the fabric not roll.

Sometimes I even force myself to crochet around the edge <G> This also helps.

I knit with acrylic and tend to not block my afghans. I just wash and tumble dry them, then pat them flat.

Fabric made with my garter carriage on my brother standard machine using a seed stitch for the edging tends to not roll. Also work done double bed (using main bed and ribber) tends to not roll.

Careful steaming or blocking will help a lot with the rolling of stockinette.

Rita in Raleigh
Apr 14, 2017 07:39:11   #
Macon
 
Rita, you have covered the bases. I can only add a manually formed garter stitch edges.
Apr 14, 2017 13:44:35   #
judypfennemore
 
Thank you both for your replies! I did have a try with a few rows of crochet, but to no avail. I'll make a decision tomorrow and report back. Again thanks for taking the time to answer.
Apr 15, 2017 11:17:33   #
Melliott62
 
I found Nina's non rolling Afghan edge It is done by adding 7 extra stitches to the panel and latching up after
I don't know the link But you might be able to Google it
Apr 15, 2017 13:27:18   #
Azzara
 
Melliott62 wrote:
I found Nina's non rolling Afghan edge It is done by adding 7 extra stitches to the panel and latching up after
I don't know the link But you might be able to Google it


http://charm-knits.blogspot.ca/p/other-edge-trims.html
Nina's non-rolling Afghan edge is half way down the page.
 
Apr 15, 2017 16:02:40   #
judypfennemore
 
You two are real stars - thank you! Thank you! I've bookmarked the blog and will do some samples as i intend making another afghan - I've so enjoyed the current one. Will have to post a pic when done. Happy Easter - hope the bunny beings you some eggs!
Apr 15, 2017 21:37:28   #
cara
 
Thank you ladies you have made my day in giving us all the great tips on no roll edges - every time I knit a blanket I have to go back to computer to get the instructions for the edgings (senior moments a lot these days) and now I have bookmarked the lot such easy access. I have just finished 4 Charity baby blankets on the Bond Classic - No.1 hand crocheted edge still rolling and took a long time - 2nd 3rd and 4th worm edge pretty and still rolling took a long time especially as striped and lots of ends wonder if skipping 1 stitch between worms might work will try that also wonder if tunisian crochet being stable might work and add to your generous sharing . I use acrylic baby yarn to facilitate easy laundering . One more question with the additional 7 stitches each end are they counted as inclusive or additional to the width of the blanket.
Cara
Sydney
Australia
Apr 16, 2017 02:10:36   #
judypfennemore
 
cara wrote:
Thank you ladies you have made my day in giving us all the great tips on no roll edges - every time I knit a blanket I have to go back to computer to get the instructions for the edgings (senior moments a lot these days) and now I have bookmarked the lot such easy access. I have just finished 4 Charity baby blankets on the Bond Classic - No.1 hand crocheted edge still rolling and took a long time - 2nd 3rd and 4th worm edge pretty and still rolling took a long time especially as striped and lots of ends wonder if skipping 1 stitch between worms might work will try that also wonder if tunisian crochet being stable might work and add to your generous sharing . I use acrylic baby yarn to facilitate easy laundering . One more question with the additional 7 stitches each end are they counted as inclusive or additional to the width of the blanket.
Cara
Sydney
Australia
Thank you ladies you have made my day in giving u... (show quote)


Feeling nervous now about my decision to go the worm edge route, as you say yours is still curling - hope to report back later. Tunisian is an interesting idea - wonder if anyone has tried that one?
Apr 16, 2017 09:29:44   #
Rowesmary
 
I crochet one row sc and one row dc before the pie crust edge (worm) edge. Takes more time but it makes a nice edge. Looks especially nice on Diana Sullivan's circular blanket.
Apr 16, 2017 13:16:41   #
judypfennemore
 
Rowesmary wrote:
I crochet one row sc and one row dc before the pie crust edge (worm) edge. Takes more time but it makes a nice edge. Looks especially nice on Diana Sullivan's circular blanket.


Well I managed one side today (a knitted edge) and despite trying various permutations of stitches picked up and rows knitted, the jolly edge stubbornly refuses to lie flat! So thanks Rosemary, I'll give that a bash tomorrow.
 
Apr 17, 2017 05:41:34   #
judypfennemore
 
Here's a report back! After much fiddling and undoing(!!) I think i have found a plan which will work for me. I found the idea on a Russian(I think) you tube clip. It combines a tiny neat worm edge with a turnover for the back, so it's all neat once stitched down. Cast on 6 stitches and knit 6 rows. With wrong side facing, pick up 2 edge stitches as for a worm edge, and place on top of first two stitches. Knit 6 rows with all six stitches, and as for the worm edge, pick up 2 edge stitches and knit 6 rows. The curl of the hem edge , once folded to the back, works counter to the curl of the knitted edge and looks as though it's going to lie flat. Stay tuned for the next installment!
Apr 18, 2017 23:54:34   #
momannette (a regular here)
 
I have a USM and to keep edges from curling I put the 3rd needle from the edges to hold for two rows then back in work put the 2nd needle from edges to hold and knit two rows put back in work take needle 3 to hold repeat process.
Apr 19, 2017 09:44:42   #
judypfennemore
 
Thanks Annette! I'm still battling on. After one edge of the Russian edge, I took the blanket off to see how it was looking. It had a curlier edge than an Iceberg lettuce leaf! And the edge was stretched by about 6 ,inches. So more ripping out and I'm going with the crochet Rosewary suggested..... I might surprise you one of these days with a picture of a finished blanket.
Apr 19, 2017 22:34:47   #
momannette (a regular here)
 
This sample was knit on my usm when I tested nocurl edge. It is a little hard to see as I am not the best picture taker lol Hope you try it when you start your next afghan, a little time consuming to put needle in and out of work but hopefully worth it in the end. Good luck


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