Monday, August 18, 2008

Loom knitters, is your scarf curling

So you have done that scarf and gotten it to the point of coming off your loom and it curls on the edges. Now what do you do? You say you don't want to start over, but this is not at all what you want.

You don't want to frog the scarf. That is just way too much work. So people tell you to crochet around the edge, but you don't know how to crochet. Bummer, now what can you do?

There is a way to take care of this problem. Even if you have removed it from the loom you can still do this.

If the scarf has been removed from the loom, frog that last row putting the stitches back on the loom, or if you have some knitting needles put every other stitch on a needle with the other goes on a different needle for the end stitches. You just need one or two on both ends. Make sure that the back side is the same direction as when you knitted it, in other words that purled side is facing inwards.

Ok you have it back on the loom, now what. Your last stitch, leave it alone. Take the second stitch and drop it off the peg. Pull that dropped stitch all the way to the bottom rung. Don't loose any stitches off the other pegs, in fact take rubber bands and place around the peg to keep the stitches on.

Ok now your stitch had run all the way back to the beginning. Have a crochet hook handy as we are going to reform that dropped stitch to be a knit on the purl side of the work.

Pull the work back up though the loom (if you are using a round one) to get to the bottom. Now with your crochet hook and that very beginning strand, this is the one that you cast on with.

With your crochet hook going above and behind that strand pick it up with a twist just like you did the beginning cast on e-wrap. Now you have a loop formed on the crochet hook.

Using the crochet hook reach under the strand above and grab it, pull it through the strand on your hook. Do remember that if you were knitting with two strands held together, you will need to grab two strands to pull though.

Ok so far. Do the same exact thing with the next strand/two above the one you just worked. Do this all the way up back to the peg. Place the last loop back on the peg.

Repeat this process for the other side of the scarf. Now check your work. Did this lessen the curl? Yes, bind off. No go to peg four and repeat the process and then repeat on the other side.

This is called reforming the stitches.

Want a scarf with a bit of a different look? Since you have the scarf finished and you are going to drop those stitches to be picked back up why not create a little difference in the way the work looks.

So drop that loop off that second peg. Pull it all the way to the bottom. Get a large crochet hook that can handle what it to happen next.

Ok back to the bottom. Grab the cast on strand, twist it, loop on hook formed. Now reaching above to those strands you need to pick up do not grab the next only. Take two sets or even three and pull them through the first, repeat up the work.

You can do this on the ends only or do it every other peg or every third or forth peg. This is something you will have to figure out on your own due to my not knowing how many stitches you used in the first place.

You could do this on both ends and then one or two in the center of the scarf also. Play with it on waste yarn then pick and choose what you like.

You could also pick up the bottom strand, the go under the one above, grab the next and pull it through leaving the one alone. Play with methods like these to form different looks in the scarf you make.

So you know it is not too late to make that scarf do what you want it to do.


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