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Topic: knitting a wool-pattern hat, but with cotton yarn?  (Read 641 times)
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« on: February 03, 2007 12:19:58 AM »

how does this work, exactly?  I know from reading other posts here that cotton doesn't have as much stretch as wool, so I assume this will affect the pattern somehow, but how?  what do I do to correct for it?  should I just find a pattern for stretchy rib stitch and hope for the best?  what about an acrylic pattern?  or does it really not matter...

I want to make my wool-allergic bff a hat for her birthday, i got the Blue Sky organic cotton, but I'm worried the gauge will be all messed up or something...

thanks in advance!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2007 12:27:56 AM »

Cotton doesn't behave the same.  It has no memory, so even if you work it in what is considered an elastic stitch, it won't hug the shape.  So ribbing will relax and sag.  You will need to make the hat with considerable negative ease in order to fit (and you should swatch to see how much it stretches).  The yarn may or may not be suitable for the pattern, it depends entirely on the type of hat and the desired fit. Generally, I'd pick a different yarn, something 50/50 cotton/acrylic for example.
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2007 12:43:24 AM »

that is really helpful, thank you.  maybe I'll have to make a scarf instead.... though i'll never finish that before her birthday.

stupid question because I'm a beginner - what exactly do I do once I've knit a gauge swatch?  do I compare it to a wool gauge swatch and then make some adjustments?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2007 12:47:12 AM »

Wash and block the swatch, treat it as you plan to treat the finished item.  It's your test run of the fabric and it will show you how it behaves.  Adjust based on that.
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2007 12:47:19 AM »

would you believe, 2 seconds later, I just happen to click on the blog in someone's sig, and what does she have posted, but the perfect hat pattern, in cotton!!!


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