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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  11:49:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit mangokiwi's Homepage Send mangokiwi a Private Message
So far I've only knit scarves, mittens and socks, so I want to try knitting some tops first... I think I'm going to start with a tank top so I don't have to deal with sleeves just yet. I think I'm decently good at following instructions so I'll find a not so hard tank top pattern, but I was wondering is there anything I should know first? What should I be careful of? What issues do you wish someone warned you about before you knitted your first top?

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  05:08:02 AM  Show Profile Send Beckyh a Private Message
You want your top to fit, so measure a well-fitting tank top you already have. Compare it to the schematics of the pattern. Swatch until you get the correct gauge. Then, knit and have fun.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  07:16:33 AM  Show Profile Send technikat a Private Message
I would be careful to choose a yarn that doesn't stretch too much. I made
a tank top with bamboo yarn and after wearing it once the underarms dropped
about ten inches because the yarn is so stretchy.
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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  8:36:58 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message
Check your gauge every couple of inches or so. A lot of people (myself included) tend to knit more loosely as they go. You may need to readjust your needle size at some point.

I've got a couple of sweaters where the shoulders are way bigger than what they should be because my gauge changed.


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