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koolsheep Posted - 01/19/2009 : 11:56:45 AM
I was going to post this as a question a few days ago, but have since come up with a solution, so I thought I would share it here.

I knitted the Chanel-ish Cardigan last year, and although it fits, and the yarn is soft and lovely, I was finding that I didnít wear it very often because the front edge was curling in and just didnít look well-finished. I had so much trouble with this cardigan, that I couldnít face the thought of ripping out the crab stitch and trying to pick the stitches up differently.

Finally, I had a brainwave: sew a piece of ribbon to the inside edge to stiffen up the fabric and force it to lay straight. And itís worked really well! (images here: at the very bottom of the post).

Anyway, if you have any projects with this same issue, maybe this could be a solution for you.

Happy knitting :)

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sjanova Posted - 01/25/2009 : 8:56:11 PM
Wow, that jacket is gorgeous, just as it is. The fix worked perfectly. (I like those bears, too!)

Punctuatedknitter Posted - 01/25/2009 : 6:10:18 PM
This is what I love about KR--learn something new all the time.
jdboysmom Posted - 01/25/2009 : 06:27:50 AM
Thanks Karen! I have a hoodie with the same problem. I bought a pretty contrasting ribbon, but wasn't sure if it would work and just sort of stuck it in a "later" box. I will dig it out tonight and get to work!
stitchmd Posted - 01/20/2009 : 06:01:03 AM
My aunt who taught me to knit put grosgrain in the front edges of all cardis, to support the button holes and buttons, besides giving the edge body. I still do it.

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eldergirl Posted - 01/19/2009 : 7:22:00 PM
And grosgrain ribbon was used in careful couture finishing of edges, as well, in sewing.
And you unvented it for your lovely sweater!

Well done.

cpknits Posted - 01/19/2009 : 4:25:27 PM
Lovely jacket, it's on my list. This is one of my favorite patterns. I also liked the Bobbi Bears. My sister collects bears and I keep meaning to make one.

Carol, Wisconsin
lella Posted - 01/19/2009 : 12:55:29 PM
Terrific jacket. And yes, grosgrain ribbon was used a lot in days of yore, to make cardi's behave.

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temari Posted - 01/19/2009 : 12:44:21 PM
That is a great solution and thank you for passing on the tip. Your jacket is beautiful - you did a great job. The stitching on your binding is so perfect - such even stitches!!

Solaris Posted - 01/19/2009 : 12:09:32 PM
The jacket looks great!
Thank you for the tip re. approach to the curling problem. I have a store bought cardi that curls at the edges just where the ribbing meets stockinette, so I'll try the ribbon treatment.

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