How to Stop the Edges from Curling when Knitting a Scarf: 5 Steps

Stop the Edges from Curling when Knitting a Scarf

Knitty article on cabling without a cable needle. This technique is very handy when you have a pattern with lots of cables; it's a real timesaver.

Knitty article on cabling without a cable needle. This technique is very handy when you have a pattern with lots of cables; it's a real timesaver.

How to make a nice edge stitch. At the beginning of the row, hold the yarn in front (instead of in the back as it usually would be). Insert your needle in the back of the first stitch (knitwise) and slip it (without knitting it). Continue knitting your row as usual. The last stitch is knit normally. Only the first stitch is treated differently. You can use this technique for stockiness or garter.

How to make a nice edge stitch. At the beginning of the row, hold the yarn in front (instead of in the back as it usually would be). Insert your needle in the back of the first stitch (knitwise) and slip it (without knitting it). Continue knitting your row as usual. The last stitch is knit normally. Only the first stitch is treated differently. You can use this technique for stockiness or garter.

the better bind off (Elizabeth Zimmerman)...love, love, love this bind off.  I use it for the bottoms of sweaters when I knit from the top down and anywhere else you need a nice stretchy edge.

the better bind off (Elizabeth Zimmerman)...love, love, love this bind off. I use it for the bottoms of sweaters when I knit from the top down and anywhere else you need a nice stretchy edge.

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Better Bind Off - The Purl Bee by Purl Soho - #article #knitting #tutorial

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Better Bind Off - The Purl Bee by Purl Soho - #article #knitting #tutorial

a bindoff that would stretch out , snap back in just as well, and also be invisible (or close to it). The bindoff you see above is where that quest led me.

a bindoff that would stretch out , snap back in just as well, and also be invisible (or close to it). The bindoff you see above is where that quest led me.

In her DVD, A Knitting Glossary, Elizabeth Zimmermann very rightly points out that the common method of binding off is  big-time unsatisfying. If it's tight enough to look neat, the edge is  taut and inflexible. If it's loose enough to be elastic, the edge is  lumpy and messy. Look...untidy!

In her DVD, A Knitting Glossary, Elizabeth Zimmermann very rightly points out that the common method of binding off is big-time unsatisfying. If it's tight enough to look neat, the edge is taut and inflexible. If it's loose enough to be elastic, the edge is lumpy and messy. Look...untidy!

Neaten the last stitch of your bind-off on flat knitting - such a simple idea  what a difference it can make

Neaten the last stitch of your bind-off on flat knitting - such a simple idea what a difference it can make

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