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« on: January 05, 2005 04:49:50 PM »

After finishing "Floss" tonight, a Rowan tube top sort of garment, I see that its too loose. I'm really disappointed because I was looking forward to this being finished, and I spent so much money on the yarn...I wonder if there is a way to shrink it a bit. I wouldn't want to felt it, and I don't want frog and redo the whole thing (there's embroidery and the whole works   Embarrassed ) Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005 05:42:21 PM »

I was thinking that maybe you could just stitch up the sides to take them in a bit, that way you wouldn't have to run it through the wash and risk felting it... but if it's this pattern http://www.theknittinggarden.com/patterns/ro-biggotbigger/floss.htm i'm not sure how that would work with the ribbing.  Huh

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2005 05:45:31 PM »

Have you considered steeking it? Not really classical steeking, but what this woman did? Although that top, slightly felted in the sink by hand might end up looking quite cool.

ETA: What rhythmgrl said while I was slowly typing Wink
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2005 06:05:14 PM »

Thanks guys,
Yes its that top, Rhythmgrl. I am blocking it for a second time, all "squished up", so that it might dry a bit smaller, but I have a feeling even if I'm successful in doing this, it will quickly stretch out when I wear it. So I've decided to hand felt it (washing machine felting makes me a bit nervous  Smiley) If I ruin it, it will become a purse I think. A very expensive purse and a lesson learned...

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2005 11:52:04 PM »

the bad thing about felting though is you lose the elasticity of your yarn... just to warn you.  depending on your body shape this could make it tricky to get in and out of your shrunken sweater.  i vote for frog. sorry...

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