scarf pattern question

Carol_AnnAugust 24, 2007

I want to make DH a scarf and have been looking for the right pattern. For reasons that I won't bore you with here :) I want to use a variation of a rib stitch. I really like one I found called basket rib (see link; it's the third stitch down). However, in doing a swatch, I've noticed that it curls in slightly already (I've only done a few inches), I assume because it's partly stockinette.

My question: can I just put a simple 1/2" or so border on the edge of the scarf to get rid of the tendency to curl? I'm thinking a seed stitch or something.

If that won't work I'll look for another stitch (I like farrow rib also and based on what I'm reading for the pattern it doesn't seem like it will curl but I haven't swatched it yet).

Thanks for any suggestions!

Here is a link that might be useful: stitch patterns

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Yes, a border of 3 to 5 stitches in garter or seed stitch should stop the curl. I am partial to the farrow rib for scarves myself, and it doesn't curl, even without a border.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 12:49PM
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Thanks, Donna... that was my second choice and may get bumped up to first :) I think I want a scarf that looks OK on both sides and the basket rib definitely looked like it had a wrong side.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 4:28PM
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See if you can find stitch pattern books in your local library. There are quite a few rib patterns which are reversible. Below is a link with reversible patterns from the Barbara Walker Treasuries (they are truly a knitter's treasure). Check out the cartridge-belt rib.

Here is a link that might be useful: Reversible stitch patterns

    Bookmark   August 25, 2007 at 5:23PM
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Whoops, should have posted a link to the pattern instead of just a picture. Scroll down and click on the "download free pattern" in the link below (PDF).

Here is a link that might be useful: cartridge rib scarf

    Bookmark   August 25, 2007 at 5:48PM
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Thanks -- I'd seen that stitch as well and it's really nice to see it worked up as a scarf -- it's definitely got a "man's scarf" feel and I love the texture. More decisions to make! :) Maybe I'll just have to make him more than one scarf :))

    Bookmark   August 26, 2007 at 8:11AM
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