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artistatlarge101 12-12-2010 07:13 PM

Stockinette & Garter Sts
I am knitting a cardigan sweater. The front right and left sides call for mostly Stockinette and 7 sts of Garter right before reaching the center on both sides. I know that they will not come out even because the Garter sts looks tighter. The sweater is very long ....a coat sweater. Yarn is 100% wool. My question is will the fronts block other words can I stretch the Garter sts to match the Stockinette when blocking.

Thanks for the help!

Happy knitting......................:knitting:

suzeeq 12-12-2010 07:28 PM

Usually garter st has no problem stretching when used as an edge. You could cut the number of sts down to 5 or 6 unless that's going to mess with buttonholes. Also, you could knit the garter sts a little looser.

artistatlarge101 12-12-2010 07:43 PM

Wow.....that was quick.

Thanks so much for the information......I did think of knitting the garter sts looser and have been trying to do that in hopes that it would help....didn't know if it would or not. Yes, have buttonholes! Now I can proceed and hopefully have a good outcome!

You are always so good to help and I want you to know that I really appreciate all the help you have given me......:hug:

Jan in CA 12-12-2010 08:07 PM

I do short rows or the front edges are shorter because of the difference in the stitch sizes. Artlady has a tutorial here about it if you're interested:

MerigoldinWA 12-12-2010 08:08 PM

Another thing you can do is to make short rows on the garter border about every inch so that the garter border has more rows than the St st part.

artistatlarge101 12-13-2010 12:03 AM

Jan ......Thank you so much for the tutorial that Artlady posted (I saved it to look at later). I was hoping that I would not have to do the short rows not because I am lazy but I did try them and I always got a maybe doing them wrong. This is a simple pattern and I have had nothing but trouble with it. I hate to feel defeated but it is so frustrating to me right now that is is probably time to put it aside and do something else.

Thank you also MerigoldinWA. It won't beat me.........just think I need time away!

Many thanks to all that helped!!!!

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