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Old 11-28-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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No more stretching please!
Why is it that all the hats I've knitted tend to stretch after little wear. I make sure to knit gauge and all but I've been getting a lot of complains about my hats stretching. Its the rib part that usually stretches and yes I make sure to knit 1 or 2 needles for the rib before I begin the pattern. What could I be doing wrong and would it help to knit the rib with elastic to avoid stretching.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:44 AM   #2
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It would help it if you knit it with elastic cording found with the elastics in JoAnn Fabrics or , any store that caters to people who sew. It helps to keep the ribbing from stretching out.
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It could be the fiber, or the ribbing. K2 p2 stretches and contracts more than k1 p1. Or use a few less stitches on it.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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Thanks 'll try the cord with the next hat I'm going to knit. I've just googled the cording and they look really thick to knit with.

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:55 AM   #5
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Even with a k1 p1 it still stretches. I think I'm going to try it with the elastic cording and see how that goes.
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The elastic cording I referred to is about the size of perle cotton. It is basicly an elastic cord with a thread covering. It is used by laying it on a piece of fabric and zigzag stitching stitched over it with out stitching thru the cord. But using it iwould be laid thru the knitting on the wrongside of your knitted piece. You can even weave it through the pieces that have stretched out already. Just take your time and use a needle with a large enough eye to hold the cording.
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the more rows of ribbing you knit, the easier it holds the stretch. I often do between 10 and 20 rows / rounds of ribbing.

I suspect I can be the fiber... some fiber just extends under stress, other does not. What have you used for those hats?
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the fibres I use are mixed with a higher percentage of wool than anything. I use alot of alpaca and wool mixture but I'm not so sure its the reason for all the stretch. It could be me but I also don't see how thats possible. Just bought knitting elastic today hopefully it'll solve the problem.
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Just bought knitting elastic or is it thread?? 'll give it a try this weekend. Thanks for the tip.
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I sometimes use a thin elastic thread and either knit it right with the actual yarn or I thread it in later.
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