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Old 07-18-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Cotton sweater better flat or on the round?
Hello,

I am thinking about making a cotton sweater for my boyfriend based on an old sweater he had and loved but its now too old.
The original sweater is 100% cotton and he asked me to make the new one also in cotton. The sweater has cables on the front and the sleeves, and the back is ribbed. The size is XL.
I was going to make it on the round (with some modifications on the shoulders) because I'm afraid of seaming
However, I read that cotton sweaters should be knitted flat because they tend to stretch and the seams give them structure and prevent stretching from happening. Is this so? Is there another way to avoid stretching?

Any suggestions regarding creating my own pattern from a real sweater, or seaming are more than welcome!

Many thanks!!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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Cotton can be heavy in a knit sweater (especially with cable work) and often the sweater grows in length. Youl could make the sweater slightly shorter than the original but certainly no longer than desired because the sweater will lengthen a bit on its own. I like seams to stabilize the front and back. They're not difficult to do and you may be surprised at how well the different techniques for seaming work out.
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
Cotton can be heavy in a knit sweater (especially with cable work) and often the sweater grows in length. Youl could make the sweater slightly shorter than the original but certainly no longer than desired because the sweater will lengthen a bit on its own. I like seams to stabilize the front and back. They're not difficult to do and you may be surprised at how well the different techniques for seaming work out.
Many thanks Salmonmac!!
I have another question. Is it possible to knit the sleeves on the round? if so, how should I do it? Should I pick up stitches from the shoulders and knit bottom down, or should I begin at the cuff?

Many Thanks again!!!!
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I like knitting from the cuff up because I can knit both sleeves flat at the same time. Then the increases and shaping all occur on the same rows. Not that you can't do two sleeves in the round at the same time but knittimg them flat is more likely to keep me on track. If you knit from the shoulder to the cuff, you may need to add in short rows at the sleeve cap to shape the top of the sleeve. Not dificult to do but something to think about.
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