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patellywells
« on: May 28, 2007 09:54:27 AM »

hi, everyone,

I bought this yarn in Turkey last summer, and I want to make something cool from it.  I found a sweater pattern calling for "bulky weight ribbon-type yarn" in a book at the library ("24-Hour Knitting Projects" by Rita Weiss).  I started working on the sweater last night, but now I think it might be too bulky and stiff to look flattering. 

Any thoughts on this?  Is there a way to soften up the sweater once I've finished with it?  I don't really want to try something else--I've been looking for a suitable pattern for a year--but if someone thinks that's a good idea, I'm open to it.  I just want to make something I'll actually use!!





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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007 11:30:57 AM »

If you want the fabric to drape more loosely, you can go up a needle size or two.  Unfortunately, that will affect your gauge so you'd have to modify the pattern (casting on fewer stitches, etc.)  Depending on the shaping of the sweater, that can be anything from "no big deal" to "complete and utter nightmare".  (And I haven't personally made the sweater so I can't give you any specific tips.)

Blocking/washing/conditioning can sometimes soften/shape a sweater, but it's not a magic fix and doesn't work on all yarns.

Best of luck!
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soozeq
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007 03:57:47 PM »

Yep, larger needles will create a looser fabric. You'll have to experment with needles and figure out your gauge; you can probably just follow a smaller size of the pattern.

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