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Topic: short and sweet - non mercerized vs mercerized cotton?  (Read 1980 times)
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funkyflower
« on: April 02, 2007 01:49:49 AM »

I've had my short and sweet finished (without ends sewn in) for weeks and weeks, if not months.

The reason I can't bring myself to finish it:
it's sooooooooooo heavy. I used just normal cotton and I am wondering if mercerized cotton would be lighter?
i also had the unfortunate experience of dye coming off on my fingers, so i think i'd have to soak it in vinegar to fix the colour too...
if people agree that mercerized cotton is lighter, i think i might do a big frogging project and start over as i do love it!
or would normal cotton soften up? - lol also scared of shrinkage

 
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zeeblebee
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007 05:29:03 AM »

I think mercerized cotton has just undergone a treatment to make it shinier/smoother; it doesn't effect the weight of it. Cotton would most likely soften up too, but check the label re. whether or not it is machine washable & dryable. You might try a cool machine wash and then air drying it if you were worried.

Weave the ends in, I love seeing this top made up (as I am not likely to do it myself), I am sure it is gorgeous.
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MandyLikesPie
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007 02:12:25 PM »

I'm working on Short & Sweet right now and I'm using Cotlin, a cotton-linen blend from Knitpicks. It's turning out really light and airy since it's thinner than the recommended yarn and I'm using a larger hook. The bonus of Cotlin is that it's only $2.50/ball. I finished the back of a size small with a ball and a half. Nice and inexpensive!

I understand what you mean about cotton being heavy. I made a skirt out of a cotton-acryllic blend and it's so bulky and hot that I can wear it only in winter.

Good luck!

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rina
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007 07:33:13 PM »

Even with acrylic, the short and sweet can be heavy--though not as much as cotton.  Weird for lace, huh?  I think it's all the front post/back post stitches.

I agree, the mercerizing thing doesn't make it lighter.  It helps to use a lighter weight yarn with a larger hook.  You can go as far as DK weight.  I tried Knit Picks Shine Sport, but it was too thin for the gauge. 

That CotLin sounds really cool.  Hmm, it's been a couple of months since my last KP order.  Thanks for the recommendation, Mandy!
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funkyflower
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007 12:58:58 AM »

Smiley thank you for your replies!!

I guess I should weave in those ends, soak in vinegar and wear it in spring autumn. I could always make another one for summer lol!

*jealous of you guys having knitpicks!*
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LuvCrochet
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2007 08:40:17 PM »

I'm working on Short & Sweet right now and I'm using Cotlin, a cotton-linen blend from Knitpicks. It's turning out really light and airy since it's thinner than the recommended yarn and I'm using a larger hook. The bonus of Cotlin is that it's only $2.50/ball. I finished the back of a size small with a ball and a half. Nice and inexpensive


please post when you are done! I'd love to see this. I made it in cotton whenever the book came out. It was the first project I made.  I've never worn it. So if your idea works nicely I may try again.
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