Friday, January 13, 2012

Current WIP's

I thought I'd share a few quick photos of my current WIP's.

This is the Majestic Afghan/Blanket.
aka The Dr. Seuss Afghan.
I have 31 stripes (4 rows each) of sc. A total of 124 rows. When I put the afghan away, I think I had 96 rows done on it. I will have to do some research on my blog and see if this is true.
I'm using Red Heart yarn in Amethyst and Cherry Red. And a K hook. So far, I'm on my 2nd Super Saver sized skein of each color.
I'm wondering if I am using the wrong size hook or if I'm crocheting too tight now after having it put away for a few months as the rows I'm working on now are much tighter and smaller than the previous rows. You can't really see this in the photo as I moved it around a bit to look more uniform. I'm going to have to think on this for a bit.
Also, the blanket is intentionally worked in a vertical stripe.

Here's a current photo of the scarf I'm knitting.
I'm basically a new knitter. So...I have no idea why the scarf is curling along the edges. Anyone have any answers as to what I'm doing wrong? Do I need to frog it and start over? I hate to keep going on it and have a rolled up scarf when I'm done.
By the way, I'm trying to add a minimum of 10 rows to the scarf each day. So far, I'm sticking to my "vow" and getting these rows done. I figure if I make myself do it like this, then I'll have it done before too long. This is what I did while making the knooked scarf.


  1. Knitting seems to curl for me. If I remember my mother used to always slip the first stitch of each row don't know if it was because of the curling or not. She just said it made a nicer edge. Are you knitting one row and purling the next. If you are just knitting that will make the curl more pronounced. Blocking and pressing when you are done should help. I haven't knitted in a long time but I do remember having to pin down edges from a cardigan and press with a cloth. I am off to my friend Google to see what he says.

  2. ANd this is what I found. It is due to your knitting and purling. You need to do only knit or garter stitch. Here is a copy and paste.

    For scarves, shawls, afghans, place mats, or anything else that you want to lie flat, stockinette is not a good choice. Garter stitch, which is made by knitting every row, producing a reversible ridged fabric, is a great choice. Other options are K1P1 ribbing or seed stitch. In fact, any stitch you pick where there are an equal number of knits and purls on both sides of the fabric won't curl. Remember, when you knit on the wrong side of the fabric, it makes a purl stitch on the right side, and vice versa.

  3. Jen,
    Thanks so much for all of your help on this. I am definitely knitting one row and purling the next. No wonder it's curling so bad! I truly appreciate the fact that you copied and pasted the explanation on here for me. You're a great gal! And so very, very helpful! I've done enough of the scarf now that I don't want to rip it out, so I think I'll just sew the tube closed, put some fringe on it, and give it to Tianna to wear. She's in scarf mode this year so maybe she will like it. The next one I do definitely won't be in the stockinette stitch.

  4. I remember now that whenever I have done scarves they have been knit every row. Which does get boring but I use the fancy yarns and size 8 needles (UK) so it doesn't take long. I am going to buying a knooking needle from US and give that a go when I get this afghan finished. I have to do 3 more large squares and loads of pan3ies and leaves to be sewn onto the squares. Also sew them together and do the edging. It is a lovely pattern from Maggies Crochet. Have you seen her things?

  5. Jennifer, I love knooking. I think it's so much easier than knitting. I hope you are able to get a set. I bought mine with the book, 3 knook hooks and 3 cords. It's very easy to understand too. The afghan you are making sounds beautiful! I haven't seen the pattern, I will have to look it up. Thanks for sharing the site and pattern.