Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
Casting On
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Brand spankin new to knitting
I have been crocheting for about 3 years and decided to try knitting yesterday, I watched a few YouTube videos and learned the knit stitch and the purl stitch. I'm making a scarf to experiment with the two stitches, I started the scarf by casting on 24 and just doing one row knit and one row purl for about 10inches and for the past two inches I have been doing one knit one purl etc. for the row, and the next row do the opposite, but for some reason the sides just keep curling in. It doesn't feel like I am knitting too tightly, is thee something special I should be doing with the first stitch and last?
MissEvelyn is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 01-25-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
Jan in CA
Mod Squad
Jan in CA's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 38,158
Thanks: 1,723
Thanked 8,979 Times in 7,324 Posts
Welcome to Knitting Help!

What you're doing is called stockinette and that's what it does. Sometimes you can do a border and it will help, but a very narrow scarf may still curl a little. Look in the How-to Forum and there is a sticky thread at the top of the page about it.

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
Knit On!
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
Doing something with the edge stitches won't keep it from curling up - it's the stockinette stitch of knit one row, purl the other that makes it does that. Here's the technical explanation with links to her solutions. We also have a thread on that.

Short answer - you need to work the first few rows and the edge stitches in garter (knit on both sides) or seed stitch to help tame the curling.
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brand new to knitting... bubbysmom77 General Knitting 1 01-24-2010 06:07 PM
Brand new guy to knitting pompeytid1970 How-to Questions 12 10-23-2009 06:39 PM
Brand New to Knitting - jennifer33 How-to Questions 3 01-13-2007 10:32 AM
BRAND NEW TO KNITTING AND HAVING MAJOR QUESTIONS LOVES2Knit2011 General Knitting 12 06-18-2006 08:04 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:12 PM.