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Jan 11, 2012 19:44:29   #
pharoette
 
I am knitting a cable scarf for my granddaughter and it is curling at the sides. I added 3 garter stitches on beginning and end of row, yet the scarf still curls onto the cable. I used acrylic yarn. Help please how do I make it uncurl. It is a beautiful scarf, but the curling ruins it. Pattern is Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool® Pattern #: 70808AD
and here is the link. Really would appreciate suggestions.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70808AD.html?noImages=
 
Jan 12, 2012 05:29:03   #
Ciyona
 
Try adding a small border that helps to stop the curling
Jan 12, 2012 06:32:50   #
pharoette
 
Thank you, what kind of border?
Jan 12, 2012 08:32:53   #
Tootsie
 
I just looked at the photo of this from Lion...I think that theirs curls too! That's what I call a dirty trick!
pharoette wrote:
I am knitting a cable scarf for my granddaughter and it is curling at the sides. I added 3 garter stitches on beginning and end of row, yet the scarf still curls onto the cable. I used acrylic yarn. Help please how do I make it uncurl. It is a beautiful scarf, but the curling ruins it. Pattern is Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool® Pattern #: 70808AD
and here is the link. Really would appreciate suggestions.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70808AD.html?noImages=
Jan 12, 2012 09:31:37   #
ladylavender
 
I have found that knitting with acrylic yarn almost always gives a curl and blocking acrylic is almost useless. Try adding a crochet border around and that should stop the curl. Other than that, frog the whole thing and try adding more garter stitches at the beginning and end of each row, at least 5 or 6 garter stitches per row might help. Lady L.
Jan 12, 2012 10:07:10   #
Nina Weddle Tullis (a regular here)
 
Your border could also be the seed stitch. I have never had it curl.
Nina
 
Jan 12, 2012 11:11:53   #
Redwilley
 
I knitted a similar scarf using the fisherman's wool they suggested and had no issues whatsoever. I'm working on a different scarf right now with acrylic yarn and I am knitting the first and last three stitches on every row and slipping the very first stitch. This is the second scarf of this type I've tried and this one is deifinitely curling less than the last one.
Jan 12, 2012 12:16:08   #
alucalind
 
Acrylic yarns can be blocked by steaming and that has generally fixed any curling issues I've had. If it's not too late, you can try making the border wider. If you don't want to frog everything, try a reverse single crochet stitch around the scarf. It's a bit stiffer and will smooth out curling.
Jan 12, 2012 18:21:58   #
pharoette
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I used red heart shimmer(worsted weight). Since Acrylic is machine washable and dryable, I used it. At this time, I am at the point of deciding to frog or not to frog. so here is my dilemma

I steamed the scarf and probably will need to steam it again. will the scarf need to be steamed every time it is washed? or once is enough? My DIL does not iron/steam. If steaming once does it, then I'll continue. If it will need to be steamed every time, I'll have to decide whether to frog and try the seed stitch for border or do a crochet border (not very good at crochet).

I knit 6 stitches at the beginning and end of each row instead of the three in the patter for a border and slipped the first stitch, and it still curled.

Thank you in advance for your responses.
Mona
Jan 12, 2012 23:55:20   #
e.ridenh
 
pharoette wrote:
I am knitting a cable scarf for my granddaughter and it is curling at the sides. I added 3 garter stitches on beginning and end of row, yet the scarf still curls onto the cable. I used acrylic yarn. Help please how do I make it uncurl. It is a beautiful scarf, but the curling ruins it. Pattern is Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool® Pattern #: 70808AD
and here is the link. Really would appreciate suggestions.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70808AD.html?noImages=

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I think it's the stockinette stitching on either side of the cabling that is the culprit. I'd put in moss stitch (or something else) in its stead.

I'd add a crochet border, too and block it like a Green Bay linebacker! LOL!

Donna Rae
Jan 13, 2012 00:03:49   #
billb1946
 
I agree I think its the sockinette Sts. A moss Stitch might stop the curling
 
Jan 13, 2012 09:58:49   #
pharoette
 
As this was for my granddaughter, I frogged and started all over again. I used smaller needles, used the moss stitch for the first and last 6 stitched on each row and slipped the first stitch in each row. The curling is much much less. Almost not there. I've never blocked before and since this is acrylic, should I just steam it? Will try the crochet border when the scarf is finished. Please keep your suggestions coming and wish me luck. After this one is done, my DIL asked that I do one similar to my younger granddaughter and two hats. Of course, I said yes.
Jan 13, 2012 11:11:57   #
alucalind
 
Pharoette - I just steam or VERY LIGHTLY iron acrylic yarns. If you press them, they flatten out and melt. Just steam should work well and you won't need to do it every time. After you wash the piece lay it flat and put some boards, books or anything along the edges to block it as well. That should work.
Jan 13, 2012 12:18:59   #
pharoette
 
I will try. I am almost half way through. So hopefully by tomorrow I'll be finished. Thank you ever so much.
Jan 13, 2012 13:37:27   #
Silverstreak
 
I wish I had seen this before you started over;I would also advise you to try a full border, not just the sides but the top and bottom of the scarf. A full seed stitch or garter stitch (3 inches or so) border can also alleviate the center curling from the stockinette.
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