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ZoeS 03-07-2011 12:16 AM

How much does lace stretch?
I'm working on a leafy lace (stockinette knit) scarf. This will be the first time I actually soak, stretch and block a piece and I am not sure how much I can stretch it. I don't want to end up with a piece that is too long or too short. I read that garter can stretch up to 30% but this is stockinette.

The yarn is single ply DK, 50/50 silk and mohair.

Any tips would be much appreciated!

RochesterKnitter 03-07-2011 06:57 AM

Well, that depends.

But, in general the mohair will stretch more than the silk.
Or, if you like, the silk will prevent the mohair form stretching as much.

Also whwat size needles didi you use? Larger, then more stretch.

suzeeq 03-07-2011 10:21 AM

You can block what you've got done now to see how much it changes. Put the sts on some other yarn and block it with the skein attached, stretching it into a size you like for the pattern to look nice. Measure before and after.

ZoeS 03-07-2011 02:18 PM

Thanks for the tips! The needles are size 5 US.

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