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« on: October 12, 2006 02:24:51 PM »

I'm knitting "Sorrel" from Rowan 40, and the sleeves are knit in a sort of rib. I've been increasing, and now I'm at the point where the pattern says to knit until the sleeve measures 44cm.  

My question is that because the sleeve is rib, it's really springy, so I must need to stretch it a bit to measure it (or do I??!), but how much is enough?

I took some (admittedly quite poor) pictures to show how stretchable it is:

not stretched:


Stretched a bit:


I would really appreciate  advice about this!

Thank you x
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2006 04:17:15 PM »

i always stretch my sleeves slightly. just to smooth them out, i never pull too hard. if the knitting stretches a lot, then it will probably stretch out over time with wear, so you want to keep that in mind. can you block the sleeves a bit, too? i never block, so i have no idea.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006 12:34:07 AM »

can you block the sleeves a bit, too? i never block, so i have no idea.
I think so. It's one of Rowan's yarns - it's 70% wool, 30% soya so I'm deinately going to try blocking.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006 03:10:00 AM »

i would probably measure it hanging from the needle-- hold the needle in one hand and then measure down from there.  It should show how the sleeve will hang once gravity comes into play and will probably be the best indicator of how long to make it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006 04:24:29 AM »

i would probably measure it hanging from the needle-- hold the needle in one hand and then measure down from there.  It should show how the sleeve will hang once gravity comes into play and will probably be the best indicator of how long to make it.
I would never have thought of that - genius!

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