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Old 03-28-2006, 07:03 PM   #1
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To Stretch or Not to Stretch
First let me say that I really appreciate this site. I've been crocheting since I was pretty young but I really wanted to make clothes so I've been teaching myself to knit. I don't think that I could have done it without this resource, even though it takes Forever for the video's to load.

Ok I am making a hoodie for my mom's birthday and it says to continue knitting until the piece measures 18 inches. So I'm knitting but when I measure it I get confused. If I lay it flat it measure's say 10 inches but when I stretch it just a little bit and lay it flat again it comfortably measure's at least an extra to 1 inch.

So should I stretch? Is it likely to loosen up over time? My mom's pretty short so if it ends up to long it might look silly.

Thanks so much for your help.
P.S. it's with Lionsbrand Homespun yarn in case that is relevant.
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: To Stretch or Not to Stretch
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P.S. it's with Lionsbrand Homespun yarn in case that is relevant.
Yes that is relevant - especially with this yarn. Homespun tends to produce a very stretchy fabric that can grow greatly with time if you are not careful. To get a measurement that is closest to what it will do in real life, I suggest you hang it up for a while (a couple hours to overnight) and then measure its length while still hanging. I think it will only gain a couple of inches in length, so you can probably take a "stretched" measurement until you are 3" or so short of where you want to be. You should also check its hanging width as well. I think this would tend to narrow slightly, but probably not enough to significantly affect the fit.

Let me know if you still have questions. Good luck!
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