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Old 12-22-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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What did i do wrong?

Just finishing this hat and for some reason the ear flap is curling!!! I know garter stitch does this but the pattern didn't say anything about doing the last stitch differently....does it look awful? Is there something I should have done?

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: What did i do wrong?

It's definitely the stitch. You can do the last couple stitches in garter instead if you don't want curl. Blocking it with pins can help some. I can't remember if slipping the last stitch helps reduce curl. I think once its on it will look just fine. nicely knit!
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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Great thanks! How do you block a hat? One side on top of the other?
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:04 PM   #4
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Re: What did i do wrong?

your work looks great!

(sorry- far behind you, so your thread will be teaching me!)
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:11 PM   #5
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Re: What did i do wrong?

Yup it's the stocking stitch that's making it do that. My guess is since it's a hat that's usually tied the designer didn't think the curl wouldn't be a big deal because tying it would keep it from curling.

I would steam block it. That's what I do for things that need blocking because of curling and not something like lace that needs really blocking for lots of shaping. I take my iron and let it heat up to the hottest setting full of water and put it on the extra stream setting and then I pres the steam button (the one that makes puffs of steam come out) with it about 1-2" from the garment then shape it using pins if needed and yes I have one side on top of the other with a hat. You could also put it over vase if it's the right size (like the bottom of it)
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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You did nothing wrong. Stockinette stitch by it's nature will curl at the edges like this. Blocking is at best a temp fix for it because it will just roll again.

Blocking only works on natural fibers, if it's acrylic it will melt.


If it bothers you, pick up stitches and knit several rows in ribbing as a border.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #7
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So I knit another hat and did a turn and purl on each row and its perfectly fine. I think the pattern wasn't very clear or maybe just that part of the ear flap was confusing. I'll post a pic of the new one because its for ds and pretty cute!
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