I'm new to the website. How wondrous! Those videos, especially with the audio, are amazing! So helpful, especially to a newbie like myself.
Question about knitting a sweater with 100% cotton. I've been told that it stretches (not sure if length or width or both) and I should take that into account when I am knitting. How? Should I use a needle 1 or 2 sizes smaller? Make it a size smaller than it would ordinarily be in wool? Hang a big swatch with weights for a couple of days to see how it stretches? Any help much appreciated!
thanks for your suggestions. I met a woman in the knitting store today who suggested a similar thing - she said it stretches as it gets worn, then comes back into shape when washed and blocked. If it doesn't, she suggested dipping it in hot water for a brief time. I'm going to knit the sweater in k1p1, which hopefully will help hold its shape.
I've asked around, and I got a couple more tips. The best one, I think is this: knit a swatch. Measure the gauge. Wash and dry it. Measure again. Knit garment to post-washed gauge.
Another tip which sounds bizarre, but they swear it works: when the ribbed edges of the cotton garment have stretched, wack the edges against a counter to bring it back into shape. They say it saves on having to over-wash the garment.
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Amy, you are great! Thanks so much for these ideas. I also found something interesting on a website - "Elastic thread has been a life saver for these stretched out sweaters and it comes in a rainbow of colors to match about any yarn. Any method where you weave it in and out of the ribbing for about three rows works fine." I'm on my way!