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« on: December 05, 2008 08:22:09 PM »

I've been knitting for about five years, and for three of them
I've been wanting to knit a sweater out of his really awesome
yarn I found. Unfortunately I keep hearing all of these horror
stories of how others knitting has stretched to ridiculous
proportions. Any advice on keeping things from stretching

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with the pointy needles.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008 10:51:27 PM »

which yarn is it?

i can't think of many things- just that you shouldn't hang it up.
i suppose you could make it shorter in anticipation of the stretching?


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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008 05:04:42 AM »

Stretching really depends on the fiber you're using. For example cotton has no memory, meaning it will stretch & stretch, while wool has excellent memory, so you can tug on it and it'll snap right back into place.


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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008 06:57:41 AM »

Some fibers, like alpaca and silk maybe bamboo, stretch, but most don't. So it depends on the content of your yarn. What you can do is knit up a sample, CO about 6 inches worth of sts and knit for 6 inches, see what your sts/inch are with the needles you use, then wash and block it, hanging it to dry if you want to see if it stretches. Then measure again and see how it behaved. That will give you an idea what it will do when knit into a sweater.

« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008 02:19:10 AM »

Thanks I'll probably end up using all the testing
I can find so it doesn't end up stretching.
I don't know the exactly what kind of yarn
it is. Of the five skeins I found in Gromutter's
basement storage I could find no labels. She 
never keeps those things. Yes Gromutter, keep
them 100 percent unused for how many years
but throw away anything useful attached.
All I know is it has mohair, and in my quest to find
just that out I've seen some pretty unique projects:
Mohair pants (reminds me of Cookie Monster), a mohair bikini
(that was rather interesting), and a sweater that reminded me
of a teddy bear.

You think it's funny that I knit?
Yes, say that the the person
with the pointy needles.
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2008 09:36:31 AM »

A mohair bikini huh...? That sounds somewhat itchy and I wonder what happens when it gets wet.....

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