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 What Is With This Curling?

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PostSubject: What Is With This Curling?   Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:52 pm

Working in Tunisian crochet makes a curling fabric because the bulk of the stitch remains on the back for a lot of Tunisian stitches. All the Tunisian designs I have done for Annie's Attic and others, including the ones sold on my website, I have designed specifically to alleviate this curling.

Try using a larger hook. With regular crochet, I usually use an H hook with Red Heart Super Saver, for instance. But, if I want to use this same yarn with Tunisian crochet, I will use at least a J afghan hook and have gone up to an L hook. You will be amazed at how well this helps with the curl. Also, Tunisian looks best and works best when it is crocheted loosely!

Another tried and true technique is to start off with a Reverse Afghan Stitch for the first few rows. This is the same thing as a knitter will do when they add purl stitches in the beginning.

You could try blocking with a light spritz of water. Or, steaming. A thick border may help as well. Try the rope border for the Personalized Baby Afghan. This is a nice thick border since you use two strands at once.

Personalized Baby Afghan:
http://www.crochetkim.com/patterns/perbaby.html

Kim Guzman
http://www.crochetkim.com
http://www.kimanedesigns.net
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PostSubject: Re: What Is With This Curling?   Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:21 pm

Oh, the dreaded curl! I have followed this advice for some time to help rid my projects of some of the curl. It can be the bane of some crocheters existences, but it can be beaten! I actually don't mind the curl too much since many of my tunisian projects are eventually assembled into a garment, pillow, or what have you and the curl becomes a non-issue - most of the time.
I think this forum is great since advice like this can be shared with so many. Just think of helping even one or two of us poor, struggling corcheters - nice feeling!
Thanks for sharing,
Eileen
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