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petrova
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  08:15:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit petrova's Homepage Send petrova a Private Message
I'm fairly new to machine knitting and I don't have as much experience as I do hand knitting. Try as I might, I get "curly" edges that will not steam out. I put weights at both ends and I try and make sure that the tension does not tighten up but still the last two stitches on either end tighten up.

Any suggestions?

Happy Knitting,

ana
Venice Beach, California

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"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck

kdcrowley
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  10:22:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
It is the nature of stockinette stitch to curl to the WS on the sides and to curl to RS on the top and bottom. It has to do with the structure of the stitch, with the direction of wraps between the purl and knit stitches.

For my machine knitting, I either:

Crochet along the edges,
pick up and knit in a non-curling stitch,
Seam the knitted fabric there.

Plan your projects accordingly.

There are other types of things that can be done. Such as unravelling the side stitches all the way down to make fringe, and the like.

You did not say what the project is.

Kelley

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petrova
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  11:26:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit petrova's Homepage Send petrova a Private Message
I did not have a particular project in mind, all of my projects do this. I know from hand knitting that stockinette stitch has a tendency to curl but this is much more severe. I too have crochet an edge or as you picked up the stitches and hand knit an edge.

A friend told me to pull out 2 needles on either edge and activate the partial knit button and that would help. I've tried it and it helps with the "loose" edge stitch once in a while but for the curling in some yarns it just does not steam or iron out. The curl is there forever.

The biggest problem I've had is in figuring out what size hook to crochet with and weather to pick up everry row or every other row. I have over edged many times.

I guess I'll keep trying.
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kdcrowley
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  2:49:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
I am also remembering, the knitting has to rest after being taken off the needles....all that tension and weight puts a lot of stress on the yarn.

Kelley

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petrova
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USA
271 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  04:54:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit petrova's Homepage Send petrova a Private Message
What do you mean by "rest"?
The young lady who was teaching me showed me to give the piece a firm tug, to set the stitches but never mentioned resting. How long do you let it rest?

Thanks for the help.
ana
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