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« on: April 30, 2011 09:53:22 PM »

So I'm making my dog this shrug thing...For a costume.  What I am doing is I made a granny square with a flower in the center (the flower is the color of the skirt she'll wear) and the rest around it is the color of the rest of the shrug.  Now the yarn I'm using is a sock yarn I got from my local shop, it was a beautiful tricolor so I didn't think much...Now its stretching a bit more than I'm used to....Is that normal? Does sock yarn stretch more? What would you suggest I do...I'm not sure if it will turn out right...I already undid like 8 rows to try and do them tighter but it did the same thing....Please help a girl out Sad
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011 10:30:34 AM »

Is the yarn wool, cotton, acrylic or something else? I find that cotton yarn does stretch more and some polyester yarns do, too. It may be the stitch pattern you are using, though.

You could try making the piece smaller than you want it and then block it into the size you want.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011 03:26:04 PM »

Its cotton.  Its called Cotton Twist.  The pattern calls for half double stitches.  I think I like the idea of blocking.  I can make squares and then put them all together at the end.  I added one block to it going from the top.  I wanted the stitches to go all the same way and thats when the stretching started when I was going up from the right side.  I think I'll make a square of them and piece it together later.  Thanks so much for the help! Its going to look so cute! Cheesy I found a specific dog shrug pattern on ravelry! So excited!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011 09:31:36 AM »

Its cotton.  Its called Cotton Twist.  The pattern calls for half double stitches.  I think I like the idea of blocking.  I can make squares and then put them all together at the end.  I added one block to it going from the top.  I wanted the stitches to go all the same way and thats when the stretching started when I was going up from the right side.  I think I'll make a square of them and piece it together later.  Thanks so much for the help! Its going to look so cute! Cheesy I found a specific dog shrug pattern on ravelry! So excited!

Heh, I don't think that's what she meant about "blocking".  Blocking is a term for when you take your finished object, and depending on the material essentially wet it, stretch/adjust the size of it while pinning it in place on a "blocking mat" which could be anything from a foam mat to a mattress, then allowing it to dry.  Once it dries it will retain the shape/size you made it while it was wet.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011 10:25:17 AM »

Oh...Well thats definitely not what I'm doing...Darn it....We'll see how it turns out Cheesy
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