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How do I prevent curling?

Hi! My dilemma is as the title says, my scarf is curling inwards from the edges. I'm crocheting a scarf using single crochets all the way through.

An added question: I tend to make my single crochets stiff, but if I loosen the tension, there will be holes in my scarf. How do I make the scarf fluffy and soft without compromising warmth?

For anyone that's interested, it's the vertical stripes type of scarf. =/


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Dec. 19th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Ya, if the tension is off the edges curl. That's happened to me too. If you can't get the tension under control (and sometimes I can't either) add an edge to the scarf to hide the flaws. That's what I had to do on this here project . . .

Edited at 2009-12-19 03:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hmmm is there suppose to be a link at the end?

This is probably a stupid question but how do I add an edge? The way I'm working it in my head is that it would add to the curling, since adding the edge is just like how I'm adding new layers on the scarf.

Could you please explain further?

Thanks in advance!
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Actually there was suppose to be a picture, to show you what I did. Dunno why it didn't show. oddness.

Anyway, all the way around the scarf I did one row of half double crochet. It sorta made everything all finished and hide the curling that was happening.
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
From everything I've read, When you are done with the scarf, you need to block it. Now, I'll admit that I'm a lazy crocheter, and never bother blocking, but that's what everything I read says you're supposed to do - to flatten it and 'set' its shape.

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayArticle?articleNum=ae0079 has some guides to how to do it for different types of material.
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Would blocking also help ammending the stiffness of the scarf?

I just realized I blocked without knowing I was doing that to another scarf. Using the wrong method. No wonder it looks horribly flatten.XD

Thanks so much!

Dec. 19th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

Also, to get a fluffier scarf that's still warm, I usually use a chunkier yarn - check out the ones I made last year: http://community.livejournal.com/handmade_gifts/77974.html#cutid1

They are really super warm, and go really fast because they're so thick and soft.
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
So there isn't a way to make it softer with the same yarn I'm using? What about using a bigger needle? (The recommended gauge on the yarn says 4mm, I'm using 3.75)
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
If you use a bigger needle or a less tight stitch, it will be softer, yes. It will mean there is a little bit of gap in the material - but it won't be like air holes, in fact a looser stitch might even make the scarf warmer because it will trap air.
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks! Also, your scarves look amazing. :)
Dec. 19th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, as a knitter myself (I couldn't figure out why one of my scarves wouldn't stop curling the first time I made one in stockinette) -- sometimes it matters what type of knitting you are doing. You are probably not doing anything wrong.

If you are doing a stockinette stitch -- AKA knit 1 row, purl 1 row -- it will curl on the sides no matter what. You can block it out to try to prevent it from happening, but it will still curl at least a bit. It isn't technically your fault, but the way the stocknette works.

As far as crocheting goes... I couldn't tell you. Maybe it is the method in which you are making the scarf? I've never had any problems with curling when crocheting. :/


Edited at 2009-12-19 05:37 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I would try blocking... that's a lot of times how to make it go away with knitting and stuff..
Dec. 19th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I never block.

and all of my pieces have come out wonderfully. if the ends really are coming up funny, try just crocheting a border or something around the whole thing in a different color, it would add some nice flare and nobody would notice the sides.

also, if it's really becoming a problem.
try making a HDC (half-double-crochet) scarf, it might end up a little bit more fluffy and less stiff?
Dec. 19th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Is there something bad about blocking? D:
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