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wildandwooly 06-21-2005 10:17 AM

alternating yarn widths - how to do this without puckering
I am knitting a baby sweater in garter stitch on #8 needles, which is working fine. I want to add in 2 row stripes every so often in a contrasting yarn that is thicker and calls for #11 needles. I did it once, using size 8 needles, and it created a puckering on the main yarn. Do you have a suggestion of what to do? should I use size 11 needles and decrease, and then increase again when I go back to size 8 needles? this doesn't sound like such a good idea, but I can't think of another way. Tnanks so much, Shirah

Ingrid 06-21-2005 11:02 AM

In order for the stripe to fit, I would think that you would have to decrease before and after to make it fit. What about knitting fewer st with the bulky yarn? Is that what you did? I've never done this, but I'll think on it. :thinking:

kemp 06-24-2005 10:12 PM

THIS or THIS might help. Just saw the second one and it described doing increases to deal with he different gauge. THIS one also discusses changing gauge with a little bit different method.

Hildegard_von_Knittin 06-24-2005 10:19 PM

you could probablly k2tog a few times with the bulkier yarn evenly spaced across the row, and then when you switch to the thinner yarn just kf&b so you have the same number of stutches. or could you double the thinner yarn?

wildandwooly 06-26-2005 09:49 PM

different gauge yarns
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thank you all for your suggestions! I was too far gone on my current project to implement them, ended up caling the puckering "a design feature" and look forward to the next opporutnity to do it right. I've incuded a ppicture of the sweater, came out cute if not perfect. So much easier to be relaxed about knitting a baby sweater! Shirah :D

Ingrid 06-26-2005 09:54 PM

That's adorable!

KellyK 06-26-2005 10:22 PM

I just love happy colors! Good job!

Silver 06-26-2005 10:31 PM

So cute!!! :cheering:

kemp 06-27-2005 09:49 AM

very the model :)

wildforyarn 06-28-2005 06:51 PM

Very cute! What kind of yarn did you use for that sweater? Love the stripes!

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