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Old 05-13-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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How do I knit this elastic yarn?
Okay, the Fixation yarn is labeled 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic, but it feels like 50% elastic ! How do I knit this type of yarn? Do I stretch it while knitting?
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Old 05-13-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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I've never knit with it, sorry, I've heard from other knitters that you knit with it just as you would with regular yarn.
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Old 05-13-2006, 04:30 PM   #3
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I used this yarn once, to make Broadripple Socks. It drove me NUTS. I really had a hard time keeping my gauge consistent. I had to rip out the first sock a few times to get the gauge the way I wanted it. I had to change to a smaller needle for the foot. I think that my problem was that I was trying to keep the yarn too taut. Don't stretch it while you are knitting it. I love the socks, but I won't be making another pair! I hope that you will have better luck than I had.
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:44 PM   #4
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Good advice on the "don't stretch it"! Keep that firmly in mind because you will want to pull it the way you would non-elastic yarn. Don't do this!

It is a very tiny % elastic but that little bit does keep it nicely in shape as a sock. If you pull the elastic all the way out when you knit, then it has no where else to go when you pull the finished garmet on - does that make sense

My advice is to take some extra yarn (in a really wild color like green or purple that you would never use for socks for your DH ) and practice with it. You can just make a smallish tube and see how different tensions affect the tube and how much give you end up with. It doesn't take long to figure out the best tension for you but I would highly recommend playing with it before starting DH's socks. It took me a couple of swatches before I felt comfortable with it. Now I'm pretty sure I got it. I like working with it now as my DH is like yours - "socks should be made of cotton or linen!" - and it does work. NOT as nicely as, oh.... Tristan but it does work.

Good luck and let me know how it works out for you. OH!!! Important!!! I used a size 5 needles and it was too loose - size 4 was better but 3 might even give better results. If you have them, try different sizes from a 4 down - don't use a 5 for socks!! NOT a good idea - you need garters to keep them up
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:33 PM   #5
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I used it for a pair of ankle socks. Knit with it like you would regular yarn, don't stretch it. I personally didn't really care for the yarn, I think it makes the stitches look wonky. I used size 3 needles.

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