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Jul 22, 2012 20:33:01   #
karen2835
 
I've heard it recommended that we should use the K1P1 (not sure if that's garter or seed stitch) pattern when we first start making something to prevent the project from 'curling'........is it also recommended to do this same pattern when we're working with a chunky yarn? I am using Red Heart's Buttercup yarn and was wondering if anyone has had problems with the yarn curling? I wouldn't think so, but............that's why I come to the professionals.
 
Jul 22, 2012 21:03:43   #
Hilary4 (a regular here)
 
Any mix of k1,p1 (rib or seed stitch) or k2,p2, or garter stitch (k every row) is necessary to stop ANY thickness of any yarn type curling. It is stocking stitch that curls - just the nature of the beast.
Jul 22, 2012 21:05:48   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
K1, P1 is either seed stitch (if the knits are above the purls) or 1X1 rib (if the knits are above the knits). Either way, you shouldn't have a project that curls. This should work with any yarn from lace to bulky.

I'm not familiar with Red Heart Buttercup yarn, but any balanced yarn should not curl. Most commercial yarns are reasonably balanced.

Did that answer your question, or am I confused?
Jul 22, 2012 21:10:49   #
Dreamweaver
 
It is the stitch that makes yarn curl, not the actual fiber.... What are you making? If it is a scarf or a blanket, you will probably want an edge treatment of some kind... just a few stitches... I usually do garter stitch Knit every row for about 4 or 5 stitches at each side and at top and bottom a few rows.....
Jul 22, 2012 21:15:22   #
karen2835
 
I am remembering when I would make a dishcloth and I would do a K1 P1 all the way across for maybe 3 or 4 rows, but that was with plain cotton yarns so then really I guess it wouldn't hurt to do it with a chunkier yarn, although Buttercup isn't that chunky, it's not like a homespun yarn. I was just hoping to maybe not have to rip it out and start over, which seems to be the norm for me here lately. :-(
Jul 22, 2012 23:11:40   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
Dreamweaver wrote:
It is the stitch that makes yarn curl, not the actual fiber.... What are you making? If it is a scarf or a blanket, you will probably want an edge treatment of some kind... just a few stitches... I usually do garter stitch Knit every row for about 4 or 5 stitches at each side and at top and bottom a few rows.....


A singles yarn (which is by definition, overspun) or a yarn that's overspun and underplyed, or a yarn that's overplied will curl and knot up. You can block it out of a yarn, but as soon as you wash it, it'll go back to the way it was and skew the knitting.

If you've ever knitted something in stockinette stitch, and then looked at the knit side and seen, not a row of nice, neat Vs along each row, but something with one leg of the stitch vertical and the other at a less extreme angle than usual, you are using an unbalanced yarn.

I'm seeing a lot of yarns these days that are not balanced, and won't produce the nice, even Vs on the right side of stockinette. When you see that, probably whatever you knitted with it is going to skew when you wash what you made.
 
Jul 23, 2012 07:26:07   #
DenzelsMa
 
karen2835 wrote:
I've heard it recommended that we should use the K1P1 (not sure if that's garter or seed stitch) pattern when we first start making something to prevent the project from 'curling'........is it also recommended to do this same pattern when we're working with a chunky yarn? I am using Red Heart's Buttercup yarn and was wondering if anyone has had problems with the yarn curling? I wouldn't think so, but............that's why I come to the professionals.


K1,P1 might be 1 x 1 ribbing. It could also be seed stitch (moss st in the UK). It depends what you do on the next row. If you work the stitches as set, i.e. a purl where you did a knit on the row before, and a knit where you did a purl, then that's ribbing. If you knit a st on row 1 and knit the same st in row 2, and similarly with the purl sts, then that's seed st. Either of this often stop curling but it's not guaranteed. Some yarns just curl no matter what you do.
I have a curling problem with crochet and blocking was advised by a couple of members. I don't normally block but it's worth a try. It might also be the answer for you.
Di
Jul 23, 2012 07:54:43   #
Jmklous
 
Some of my projects even curl with cotton or worsted weight after the 4 rows of seed stitch. As soon as the stockinette starts the des stitch rolled over. So does anyone have a solution to that maybe? Also I made a purse and te top had to be stockinette. It was sock weight also and after it felted it roll Ed and stuck to itself. Does anyone have a solution to that either? I am baffled and this curling thing. I used to crochet and just started knitting and my work never curled lol
Jul 23, 2012 07:58:27   #
gotridge
 
If knitting stockinett I slip the first stitch of the row and knit into the back stitch of the last stitch of each row. This keeps the edges from rolling.
Jul 23, 2012 09:11:05   #
DenzelsMa
 
I thought you meant curling at the bottom of the knitting. Someone seems to think you meant curling of the side edges. Sorry if my post wasn't helpful.
Di
Jul 23, 2012 09:42:24   #
gotridge
 
I may have gotten it wrong. I was referring to he sides.
 
Jul 23, 2012 10:23:15   #
LilgirlCA (a regular here)
 
Stockinette stitch will curl regardless of the size or weight of the yarn. The purl row is shorter then the knit row and that makes it curl
Jul 23, 2012 22:38:00   #
sandypandy
 
I am new. You guys have already helped. Thanks so much
 
          
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