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I’m just learning to knit and I’m starting with different pattern squares – why are some curly at the edges?


Posted by Mum7654321, 25th April 2016


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  • How’s your knit work going now ?


  • I agree with the other ladies that it can have to do with your tension, type of stitch, thickness of your yarn and thickness of your needle. These must all be coordinated / adjusted to each other.


  • Also – make sure you have breaks when knitting to keep hands relaxed and tension on the wool loose.


  • As said below, it is likely to be your tension. There are lots of great learning to knit videos on Youtube which may help you show you how to hold the needles and gauge the tension.


  • YOU MAYBE KNITTING TO TIGHT A STITCH RESULTING IN PULLING AND CURLING AT EDGES, TOO LOOSE MAKES IT SAGGY AND BAGGY LOOKING. SO MY ADVICE IS DO NOT PULL STITCHES TOO TIGHT AS YOU KNIT A NICE EVEN FLOW AND THERE YOU GO. MY SONS AND PARTNERS CHILDREN! MY GRAND DOGS MAYBE i SHOULD BE KNITTING THEM A COAT FOR WINTER. aLL THE BEST


  • It does sound like the tension may be too tight. Try to make the tension loose when knitting. It will be better for your hands too.


  • I would say that you are knitting your stitches too tight. That’s the only time mine curls on me. Unless I’m knitting in stockinette stitch, which always curls on me.


  • mine always curls too! I wondered if it was because it was thin????


  • Happens to me all the time….wrong tension. I have now given up on knitting. Can’t get the tension thing right and don’t ever know how to fix dropped stitches. Best of luck with your knitting.


  • All I can suggest is that maybe the tension is a little too tight.


  • Maybe when you are doing the stitch you are wrapping the thread to tightly.. try to do it a little looser.


  • Unless you are knitting one row plain then one row purl I have never had it roll.


  • Unfortunately I can’t knit, although i would love to learn, but my MIL is a wonderful knitter so we get lots of lovely items for our kids. As for curly edges… not sure, but try google for some tips!


  • Knitting quite often curls at the edges. It mostly straightens out when you sew the item together. Also, if you’re just knitting with no ribbing or edging, this can also cause curling. And sometimes if you’re a tight knitter, the edges will curl. So a few reasons for it, but it’s nothing to worry about


  • Many years back , I leanrt how to crotchet through Utube and picked it up nearly straight away. With knitting I struggled to pickup even the basics. I would use Google to help you troubleshoot problems and sounds like you may have missed some stitches stitch somewhere causing the item to curl . It is not an easy hobby and it helps if you have a friend or family member that can help you along . Good luck


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