How to Keep a Knitted Scarf From Curling on the Sides

    by Jane Tyne

    About the Author

    Jane Tyne began writing professionally in 2000. She has a varied background, from experience as a veterinary technician and behavioral trainer to training in art. Her writing focuses on animals, pet health, human health and nutrition, and decorating. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in electrical engineering technology.


    Nothing can put a damper on your sense of pride and accomplishment from knitting a scarf like watching your beautiful scarf curl up on the edges; sometimes they roll all the way up into a tube. It's not hard to fix this problem with a few changes in your stitches on the edges. Your hand-knitted scarves will soon be a joy to you and those who receive them.

    Knit two to five stitches along each side in a garter stitch instead of the stockinette stitch. The stockinette is alternating knit one row, purl one row. For example, knit the first five stitches (garter), then stockinette (either knit or purl, depending on which row) and then knit (garter) the last five stitches.

    Add two or more rows at each end in the garter stitch (knit two or more rows). Garter stitches do not curl the way the stockinette tends to, so finishing the edges in the garter stitch will make all the edges look the same and prevent curling.

    Add fringe to the ends to weigh the scarf down even more.

    Knit the scarf in stockinette twice as long as it is intended to be, instead of using a garter stitch on the edges. Double the scarf and sew up the edges. This will make an extra warm scarf while preventing the curling that occurs with the stockinette stitch.

    • Instead of using the garter stitch edging try making the entire scarf in a basket weave pattern. This will lie flat, but the edges will be a bit ragged. Leave them that way for a more casual look, or finish them so they are more presentable if you prefer.

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    • knitting image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from