help?

sveech's picture

i've been working on the antler scarf from the book son of stitch and bitch - and all the frustrations i've had in the past with knitting have come crashing down on my head - again. why is my knitting so tight? why are the edges curling? oh god, did i really pick that color? you know what i mean. but this time, instead of putting it down and not finishing it, i'd like to see if i can find some solutions. looking closer at the scarf, my tension seems to be getting better - but the curling edges are really starting to work on me. is that just the nature of knitting? every piece i have knitted (and that can be counted on one hand right now) curls on the edges. any suggestions? and as for the color, well, i still think that "deep orchid" is gonna look damned hot with a leather jacket - lol. any tips would be appreciated - i'll post a pic when i get about another foot knitted

sveech's picture

thanks so much for the input

thanks so much for the input - i had to rip - lol - i don't mind ripping and starting over - i mind the fact that i only have one skein of yarn right now, and you can only rip 2-3 times before you have to cut - i had to rip because i wasn't paying attention, and when i went to put the stiches back on the needle, i twisted the cable - i didn't even notice for several repeats - it's nice to know i can still cuss like a sailor - and the tension wasn't too great - it was like i was knitting plywood - i added a 2 stitch garter edge, and that seems to have helped with the curling - i'm starting to think i should have moved to wyoming instead of texas - seems to be more guys that knit around there - i find it hard to believe that i'm the only guy in amarillo that knits - anyway, starting over can be a good thing - at least in knitting - i'll try to have a pic posted late saturday afternoon - no later than sunday - thanks again - and yes, like a brook, i tend to babble

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Well, I know of only a few

Well, I know of only a few guys who knit here in Wyoming. (One of the reasons I was glad to find MWK.) Unlike Quinton and I, though, almost all of them would never admit it...Let alone knit in public. It may be that you have a similar situation there in Amarillo. However, if memory serves, we have several other MWK'ers in Texas. Looking forward to your pics. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sounds like they covered the

Sounds like they covered the basics on this one. I only add my usual mantra (even if I don't always follow it) "Be patient with your knitting and yourself. But don't be afraid to rip!" As you go along, you'll develop a sense of color and technique that will truly be your own. It just takes time, that's all. Looking forward to the photos. [BTW, deep orchid sounds great to me.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

davidUK's picture

Hey - who's Mario calling

Hey - who's Mario calling 'picky English'!!!!!!!

i fond that the needles can make a difference - I'm always 'tighter' on metal and looser on bamboo

David

albert's picture

"Picky" is Yankee slang for

"Picky" is Yankee slang for "highly refined and cultured".

That's alright then.

That's alright then.

MMario's picture

ahem- that's AQK and then

ahem- that's AQK and then knitmaniac calling - not I.

AndrewNiehus's picture

I made this scarf for the

I made this scarf for the last MWK scarf exchange, and had a great time making it. Yes, tension is an important thing, and yes the edges will curl a bit. Block it and it comes out fine. I actually thought the scarf was not wide enough as written to make a nice scarf, but then again I like my scarves...and other things, a bit thick. How much have you knitted so far? The curling seemed to even out as I knitted more.

AKQGuy's picture

Most fabrics are going to

Most fabrics are going to curl, it's the nature of a spun fiber to ease some of it's own tension by curling. As stated by the others, it's often nice to add just a 2-5 stitches on both edges of some sort of border. I don't have the "Son of Stitch and Bitch", but I do believe I remember the pattern, and a subtle moss stich border I think would look nice.

Also, tension issues may be adding to the curling. Do you notice in the section where you feel your knitting looser, that the curling is less severe? The more tension you put on your yarn, the more it will try to ease it's own tension with curling at the edges.

Again, as said above, blocking can help too. I've found with non-natural fibers (I'll try not to let the yarn snob out here), blocking is often frustrating since the fiber wants to resort to it's "casted" state. Natural fibers tend to take your shaping more. As Thomas said previously, you have to find the type of blocking that works best for your fiber. I find washing and pinning out works great for wools, silk does better with steam and shaping.

As for the other insecurities, I've found I've learned best on those projects that made me want to rip my already receding hair out and sacrifice my eyes on the end of a bamboo needle. Relax, take a deep breath, and remember... you're doing this because it's fun, right?

Good Luck and Knit on Brutha!
Q

Thomasknits's picture

It does help to add some

It does help to add some garter or seed stitches on the edge... also any fabric that curls will benefit from blocking...it's just a matter of finding the way to block it depending on the material the yarn is made of.
-Thomas

sveech's picture

garter stitch i know - is

garter stitch i know - is seed k,p,k,p one row the p.k.p.k. the next - or is that moss? and how many stitches?

Thomasknits's picture

In Georgia, we call that

In Georgia, we call that seed stitch. Basically it's k1, p1, then purl the knits and knit the purls. As far as I know, moss stitch is like elongated seed... It's k1, p1, next row knit as they present themselves, then p1,k1, next row knit as they present themselves...
-Thomas

AKQGuy's picture

Yes sir, that would be moss,

Yes sir, that would be moss, or as I believe those picky english refer to as seed.

The 'picky English' refer to

The 'picky English' refer to it as 'moss'.

MMario's picture

Certain knit fabrics are

Certain knit fabrics are going to curl; it's the nature of the beast.

I'm assuming your cables are on a stocking stitch ground. Yup, stocking stitch is one of the knits that curl.

Sometimes you can block out the curl. Sometimes you add a garter stitch border, or a ribbed border, or crochet/knit on an edge, or sometimes you live with it.

If you think the colour is gonna look good, go for it!

Tension gets better with practice, you've already seen that.