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spinbunny
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 01/12/2011 :  3:35:14 PM  Show Profile Send spinbunny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Help! I have finally finished a T-shirt pattern knit with Plymouth's Fantasy Naturale. What is the best way to finish off the yarn ends? My normal method of weaving in the ends doesn't seem to work well with cotton yarn.


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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 01/12/2011 :  6:19:56 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cotton, especially mercerized cotton, is a real pain. Have you tried running the tails up through the seam? Or did you knit it in the round?

Possibly, you could split the yarn into different plies (at least two) and weave them into the back in different directions. I'm afraid I avoid 100% cotton as much as possible, except for dish cloths.

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands




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Gibson Girl
Chatty Knitter

USA
151 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2011 :  2:08:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Gibson Girl's Homepage Send Gibson Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit with mostly cotton yarns since I live in AZ. I've tried the "splitting yarn" technique and it seems to work well. I frequently split the yarn to do the stitching up - keeps seams less bulky. Sometimes I daub a little fray check if I think it might unravel.
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Ceil
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USA
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Posted - 01/13/2011 :  10:44:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd use a darning needle, or a chenille needle, and pass either >through< the plies instead of between, over or under them. I have three cotton market bags finished this way, and all ends are holding despite the stress of groceries carried.

Ceil
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spinbunny
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USA
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Posted - 01/14/2011 :  09:47:18 AM  Show Profile Send spinbunny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you all! Since I knit this T-shirt in the round, I don't have to do long seams, but I will certainly try all of these techniques. I can honestly say that I prefer animal fibers or acrylic to cotton. If I ever try a similar project it will be a cotton blend... NOT 100% cotton.



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