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Crap, I forgot to post the photos in my previous attempt...

I've got a problem with a scarf I've just finished. It's edges curl inward toward the purl side. I noticed this while I was knitting the main black part but I assumed that when I put the white edging on the curling would be solved, as this has worked for me before. I'm not sure what I did wrong and I've no idea how to fix it or if it's even possible without re-doing it (which I'd hate, because it's a custom order and I'm already running late on it).

Does anyone have any tips? It's made with Vanna's Choice 100% acrylic yarn. I assume blocking won't work on acrylic...



Okay, so most of the feedback say that I should try steam blocking it to see if that works, and the rest says that it won't work either way because it's stockinette. I did try the steam blocking idea, which worked.... very temporarily (though I'll definitely keep it in mind for future projects).

My question now is how would I go about picking up stitches on the edges to knit more garter stitch onto it? I've never done that before, because I've never had the need to, so far...

Thank you for your previous comments and thanks in advance for any addressing this new question. =)
2 stitches picked up or drop a stitch!
From: dannnielle Date: April 16th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Garter stitch is the only sure way to avoid the curl. You might want to try picking up stitches and knitting a border.
lynedd From: lynedd Date: April 16th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
You can block acrylic, but you need to add damp heat to the mix to make the block stay.

When I blocked my acrylic shawls, I pinned them damp to my mattress, then put the fitted sheet over top and ironed the crap out of them with a steam iron set to medium. I highly recommend using the spare/guest bedroom, 'cause it takes some acrylics a surprisingly long time to dry '>

This method is called "killing" the acrylic. Be carefl not to overstretch the scarf, because once it's killed, it won't spring back. At all. But the curl will be gone.

Good luck!
2 stitches picked up or drop a stitch!