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Topic: Cotton Cardi - Good Idea? EDITED to add Pic  (Read 791 times)
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« on: April 03, 2007 05:10:26 PM »

I'm thinking about making a cardigan out of some Tahki Stacy Charles Cotton Classic (100% Mercerised Cotton) that my mom bought me. (I want to make a light, summer cardigan suitable for air conditioned offices in Southern California)

The one I want to do is a lace pattern (but it's a thick lace, so to speak - very few holes. More of a decorative motif?) with 3/4 inch sleeves. Will cotton keep the shape of the cardi, or will it sag and stretch over time? I don't want to have the 3/4 inch sleeves flapping around my elbows because the ribbing has stretched.

In case you can't tell, I've never done anything too complicated with cotton. Thanks in advance for all your help!


Here's the cardi I want to make: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v637/katbaggins/Crafts/1006.jpg

It's from the Tahki Spring/Summer Collection for '07 and they want you to use a thin merino for it.

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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007 07:05:20 PM »

i've never knit with 100% cotton and you know how my first sweater is going....

however, because i wouldn't be annie without a sweater, i have lots of experience with 100% cotton cardigans. and the sleeves stretch. especially around the elbows and the band at the end, either at the wrist or forearm.

maybe you could incorporate elastic or some decorative yarn that has some kind of stretch to it at the ends of the sleeves?

i like that pattern a lot and think it would be nice with the cotton. you'd definitely have to do a lot of re-shaping every time you washed it.

hope that was helpful!

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2007 08:26:53 PM »

I've made a summer top from kitchen cotton and yes it stretches after wearing it a couple times. But it goes back where it belongs after you wash and dry it.


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