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How do I stop my picot edge (knitting) from curling? Answered

I’ve followed the pattern religiously and still the picot edge is curling.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

1 year ago

From what I have done I can only state one problem...
Tension...
Whenever I had curling problems it was fixed by just trying it again and by making sure I wouldn't pull the string too tight.

Having said that, there is ways to cheat for patterns that simply won't care how much you care.
I had a piece of very soft wood, not sure if it was Balsa wood as it was a bit heavy...
Anyway, it was soft enough to get pins in with relative ease.
So I decided there must be a way to incorporate this for knitting.
Turned out grandmother was right again when she said "If you think you need that then give up the knitting!" LOL
The wood worked well but caused the problem of pulling on the entire thing I was knitting, so the longer my piece got, the more the sides started shrinking.
Once my winter jumper was finnished we had a good laugh at the result and she told me the real secret aout treating certain wool so it won't cause everything to shrink and curl up...

The key is to rewind your entire bail and to stretch it while doing so.
Remember how people were sitting in front of the TV back in the day?
One person feeding the wool from the bail, the other winding it up over the arms or a board.
From there back to tightly rolled ball, ready to be used.
This way, the string stretches to max and is kept in this length on the ball.
When you start knitting you won't stretch it again with every loop and it won't shrink as much as coming from a bail that you just bought and did not rewind and stretch.

If it is too late to start over:
You might have a chance to fix the curled up edges by using cold water, pins and some heavy fabric.
Place the fabric with some weiths on the table, or use clamps on the edges.
You want it strectched out and flat.
Spray your piece with cold water to make it really moist but don't soak it.
Place on the covered table and use the pins to align it all properly and then to get the edges straight and flat.
Once satisfied with the look give it another slight spray, then cover with a thick cotton towel.
Get your steam iron, set the steam to max and do a QUICK run over the entire (covered) piece.
You don't want to press or actually steam it, all you want is to WARM IT UP.
If the wool is very sensitive do it without a cover and a hair dryer with a bit of distance.
Once the piece gets a bit more than luke warm you are good to let it dry.
When dry it should be staying in the shape you gave it.