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« on: August 01, 2008 02:42:13 PM »

I am knitting a baby sweater to stash bust - the Boy-O-Boy sweater from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders, and I just started the right front... but it's so uneven. One side is over one inch longer than the other.  Huh

I think it might be the pattern - it's reverse stockinette with a garter stitch band that is 3 stitches wide. That's the short side. I'm guessing it's because it's tighter than the stockinette edge... but how do I fix it? One inch is a big difference!

The yarn is 80% acrylic, 20% wool - James C Brett, and I dunno how well it will block. The pattern says to knit for 8.5 inches and then start the decreases... so I have 8.5 on one side, and like 7.2 on the other... I've been trying to stretch out the short side as I knit, but no luck.

Should I keep going and hope it evens out during blocking??
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008 04:01:45 PM »

Did you keep track of the rows or just measure?

« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008 06:38:08 PM »

I was surprised when you said the side with the garter band was the shortest - I've always found knitted-on bands to be the saggy side (particularly garter stitch bands).  I hardly ever use knitted-on bands for that reason.

Are you slipping the first stitch on the side seam edge?  That should tighten the edge a little.

With 80% acrylic and 20% wool you may have trouble blocking a full inch out but it's certainly worth a try.  Good luck Smiley


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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2008 07:56:39 PM »

The garter st rows are shorter than stockinette stitch, but I don't know that it would be an inch shorter after 8 inches. Make sure you didn't pick it up and start knitting the wrong way on the rev stockinette portion. Count your rows on both sections.

« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2008 03:14:22 AM »

I did count my rows. Sad I think it's because my stockinette tends to be sort of loose and saggy at the edge.

Sigh! I dunno what to do, on one hand, it's very noticeable, but on the other hand, I'm just trying to prove to my husband that I don't just COLLECT yarn, so I don't have a recipient in mind at all...

I think I'm just going to keep working on it, and hope that I can stretch the short side,   as well as squish the long side (which is the seam edge). I'll watch the next front piece very carefully to see what happens.

Thanks for the advice!
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