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ragdoll193
« on: June 04, 2014 07:52:06 PM »

Hello Craftsters!

I am trying to make a feather and fan scarf using malabrigo lace yarn and size 8 straight needles. Normally, my cast on is the long tail, but I need something stretchier due to the shape of the stitches.

I have watched videos, read picture tutorials, and tried the lace cast on multiple times, but Every time I do it, it comes out extremely tight! I have a feeling this may be due to my yarn/needle ratio, but for the laciness, I think it may be necessary.

Does anyone have any tips for how to start this scarf? maybe a different cast on I should try?
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014 11:37:46 AM »

Generally the lace CO is a knit cast on. If that comes out too tight, go up a couple needle sizes just for casting on. The trick to keeping any CO loose/stretchy is to not pull the yarn tight either while making the new st or putting it on the needle. Just leave it alone and don't even tension it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014 10:47:11 AM »

The twisted German cast on is very stetchy. It is my preferred method for socks for this reason. Just look on YouTube, there are a few videos on it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2014 10:52:03 AM »

What works for socks may not be right for lace. You need a stretchy one for the socks, one that will snug up for the sock to stay up, but need a loose one for lace that needs to stretch out and stay stretched with blocking.
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