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Topic: Please Help! Tense Knitter knitting To Dye For Sweater from SNB  (Read 1421 times)
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« on: February 01, 2005 05:54:09 AM »

Ok, all I've knit up to now are scarves with tight tight stitches that choke the life out of my needles.  Now I'm working on the To Dye For Sweater and it says to cast on loosely.  Presumably, I should keep the looseness the whole time I'm knitting, but I'm having a lot of problem with keeping my tension even.  There's nothing to guage it off of.  The test swatch almost killed me and now that I'm starting up the back (all two rows that I managed last night), this is starting to seem like an impossible task (especially for the first and last couple of stitches on each row - they are obviously tighter, but maybe I can rectify that during blocking).  Anyway, I know all it's going to take is one bad day at work to completely blow looseness out the window, not to mention being s-l-o-o-o-o-o-w. 

So any suggestions on how to maintain it?  I got perfect gauge with loose stitches on the recommended size 13s if that helps.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005 09:44:22 AM »

I haven't made To Dye For, so this is just an idea, but you might try going up to a 15.  It's supposed to be a pretty open/see-through sweater as it is, so it probably won't matter if your stiches are a little bigger, but you might want to check and see if you need to adjust the measurements.

Also, what type of needles are you using?  Something that grips the yarn more (like birch) may be encouraging tighter knitting, whereas something more slippery (like Turbos) might smooth things along.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005 10:04:46 AM »

Hmmm!  I could try that!  I have up to 17s before I feel bad about investing even more money into the sweater.

The needles I'm using: The 13s are some plastic-y lion Brand ones (no selection around here), the 15s I have are some of those Susan Bates quicksilver ones (not bad actually), and the 17s are some ginormous gold aluminum ones.  A hodgepodge!  Anyway, I'll give that a go!  I miht even be able to knit a little tighter and end up with the same guage or something!  First sweater makes me a little paranoid about adjusting the measurements too much. 

Thanks so much for your help!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2005 11:14:10 AM »

To CO, try using the size 13 held together with another, smaller needle (like a 5 or something). Then the stitches will be looser.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005 11:46:41 AM »

Oooh!  That would be another way to tackle it!  Would I keep doing that while I knit all the other rows?  I could probably band them together and just keep going....  Now I wish I'd brought my knitting gear with me to work.  Thank you for the suggestion!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2005 12:35:13 PM »

Hi!

The To Dye For was my first sweater, too.  As acesulfamek said, you might want to just try going up a needle size.  I tend to knit a bit tighter and often have to go up a size or two. 

Also, I struggled with aluminum needles on this project at first and the mohair seemed to stick to them a lot.  And I've always disliked how the plastic ones grip the yarn.  I got a pair of bamboos and it was a whole new experiece.  The mohair just slid along!

Hope this helps. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2005 01:15:54 PM »

Oh wow!  I love the small bamboo needles I have, but I worried about the mohair catching on larger ones since I have that problem with larger ones, but you give me hope!  I feel a trip to Hobby Lobby coming on!  And when I get home, I'm definitely going to try the larger needle size!!!!  Thank you!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2005 10:08:17 PM »

This was one of my first sweaters too, and I also had good luck with bamboo size 13s... I'd maybe read through the separate thread on this sweater, though, since I know that some folks had size issues, particularly with the sleeves (mine came out looooong, and I have long arms).  I'd particularly do this if you are contemplating going up a size in needles.
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