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« on: November 11, 2006 05:34:53 PM »

i'm thinking of knitting a shift-like minidress, in a lace pattern. and i'm thinking cotton is the way to go, because wool would be too warm, i think.

is there some hideous problem with cotton that i'm not thinking of in the context of a dress? will it stretch out of shape easily, or something? (i haven't knit anything in cotton before).
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006 05:57:22 PM »

the only thing I can think of would be the weight of the cotton (you planning on straps?) and the fact that cotton is famous for showing stitch definition, so you''d have to be careful about hiding your mistakes... good luck otherwise!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2006 06:03:24 PM »

I don't know from experience, but i think i remember something about cotton loosing its shape really easily.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2006 06:21:54 PM »

I would look at dress patterns from other sources to get an idea of the yarns used in those patterns.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006 01:29:36 AM »

well, it's a loose tunic with straps about two inches wide... so i should be right on those accounts.
it's also going to be lace. i probably should have mentioned that...
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006 04:02:16 AM »

other than that.. post pics!!!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2006 04:47:08 AM »

I would be kind of afraid to knit a dress in cotton because of the stretching factor. - cotton just seems "heavier" to me, and I've had trouble with cotton losing its shape as I wear it.  I don't think lace done in cotton holds its shape well either - I have some scarves that I wish weren't cotton because I have to constantly reblock them.

Maybe you could go with a blend?  Even a little wool would give it some resiliance.  I don't think you said what weight yarn you were considering, but maybe something like cotton fleece?  I don't think the small amount of wool would make it too hot, especially not for lace.
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2006 03:33:12 PM »

failing that, I've heard a hemp blend is just as good.. hemp unfortunately has the property of being hideously expensive.. so maybe not
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2006 05:53:04 PM »


will investigate the possibility of wool/ cotton. unfortunately noone does a cheapy of that blend (why?)

or maybe a microfibre blend would be okay too. do you think microfibre (whatever the hell that is) would help cotton hold its shape? i tried searching for some reviews and couldn't find any.
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2006 05:59:48 PM »

I would use either a wool/cotton or a cotton/rayon blend.  I think Brown Sheep company does an affordable wool/cotton blend, but I could be mistaken. 

Microfiber is kind of just a fancy name for polyester (if you're one of those people who doesn't get along so well with synthetics, like me   Tongue), so I wouldn't want to wear a dress out of it.  A microfiber/cotton blend would probably work okay though, but I can't say how much luck you'd have finding that kind of yarn.
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