How to Keep Your Knitting from Curling at the Edges

How to Keep Your Knitting from Curling at the Edges

Thanks for the post, Kathy Shelton

Stockinette stitch is probably the most common knitting stitch there is. This stitch creates a fabric that is smooth on one side and bumpy on the other. It’s easy enough to make this stitch. You just knit one row and purl the next, over and over. The only trouble with this stitch is that it curls at the edges.

For some knitting projects, the curling doesn’t matter, or is worked into the design. For example, if you want a sweater to have a rolled bottom edge, all you have to do is knit the sweater in Stockinette stitch and the edge will naturally want to curl toward the smooth side at the bottom. However, if you don’t want your stockinette stitch projects to curl at the edges, you’ll have to do something to stop it.

One of the most commonly used techniques to stop curling is adding ribbing to the bottom of the sweater as well as the cuffs and collar. Since the knit one, purl one or knit two, purl two pattern of the ribbing doesn’t curl, adding an inch or two of ribbing at the edge of the garment is enough to make the sweater lay flat like it should.

Another method that is often used on square items such as afghans and knit dishcloths is to add an edging. Usually, the edging is crocheted, so if you haven’t learned to crochet yet it is a good hobby to pick up that will complement your knitting hobby well. Otherwise, you should use your DIRECT TV internet bundle to try to find knitting patterns that incorporate ribbing or other features that prevent rolling.

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