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Ceil
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Posted - 02/10/2014 :  11:42:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knitted a sweater in this yarn and need to take it apart (wrong gauge, related to Emotional Frog posted elsewhere in KR).

Maybe when I go down to the needle size that will give me the blocked gauge, the k2p2 ribbing will compress the way it usually does? Right now it lays flat, and looks terrible. I'll know more when I swatch again.

But I do wonder if k2p1 ribbing would be a better choice? I'm hoping someone with experience knitting this yarn will share what worked for them ribbing-wise. I love the sweater design, but it doesn't fit right and I am ready to start over with the benefit of someone else's yarn experience.

Thank you!

Ceil
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eldergirl
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Posted - 02/11/2014 :  03:20:15 AM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Ceil,
I don't know the Silky Wool itself, but I can picture the ribbing problem at any rate. I think it is partly the yarn itself. With the silk blend, and perhaps in the making of the yarn, it doesn't have the elasticity that wool has.

Try out some swatches, and block them, with different ribbing counts, and see if that gives you data to decide. Another tack might be to decrease the number of stitches for the ribbing, and then increase for the body at the top of the ribbing. (A lot of old British patterns -- you know, the ones that fit more precisely) used that technique.)

Anyway, good luck, and hope somebody who knows the yarn will help you more!

Anna

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Ceil
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Posted - 02/12/2014 :  11:29:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, I will do all of that, unless someone here has already been through it and can help me target something specific to swatch. Another thought I have is k1p1 and twist the stitches. I could easily use up a whole skein swatching! Thankfully, I seem to have enough yarn.

Ceil
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