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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 01/19/2009 :  11:56:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit koolsheep's Homepage Send koolsheep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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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Posted - 01/19/2009 :  12:09:32 PM  Show Profile Send Solaris a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 01/19/2009 :  12:44:21 PM  Show Profile Send temari a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!!

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Posted - 01/19/2009 :  12:55:29 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Terrific jacket. And yes, grosgrain ribbon was used a lot in days of yore, to make cardi's behave.

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 01/19/2009 :  4:25:27 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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Posted - 01/19/2009 :  7:22:00 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  06:01:03 AM  Show Profile Send stitchmd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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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New Pal

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Posted - 01/25/2009 :  06:27:50 AM  Show Profile Send jdboysmom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 01/25/2009 :  6:10:18 PM  Show Profile Send Punctuatedknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is what I love about KR--learn something new all the time.
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 01/25/2009 :  8:56:11 PM  Show Profile Send sjanova a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, that jacket is gorgeous, just as it is. The fix worked perfectly. (I like those bears, too!)

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