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CrystalCactus
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Posted - 06/18/2014 :  6:58:51 PM  Show Profile Send CrystalCactus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought some yarn containing elastic in several harmonizing colors, thinking that I would make striped tube tops for my granddaughter. I was planning to use a simple rib (K1P1)on circular needles. Should I keep a normal tension? I knit continental style, but using my left thumb and index finger to control tension.

Ceil
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USA
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Posted - 06/19/2014 :  8:53:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knit a swatch first. You don't say what the yarn is, but some time ago I knitted a pair of socks with Cascade Fixation. I don't remember now what the recommended needle size is for this yarn, but I do remember that it was quite a bit larger than the needles I wound up using to get small enough stitches.

Regardless of the yarn you are using, it's important to get the right size stitches for the type of garment you are knitting. K1P1 ribbing would seem to be more open then stockinette stitch, so for a tube top you want to make sure the stitches are small enough to provide adequate coverage.

If you remember that it is typical for ribbing in sweaters to be worked on needles two sizes smaller, you then know that using the needle size listed on the yarn label will make ribbing more open.

So your best defense is swatching and blocking. Begin two sizes smaller than what's recommended and if that doesn't seem to do it, introduce a smaller needle size again and knit for a while. Keep doing this until you get the results you want. Then block the swatch, as this will open up the stitches a little more.

HTH,

Ceil
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CrystalCactus
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 06/23/2014 :  11:24:38 AM  Show Profile Send CrystalCactus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I appreciate your advice. The yarn is Cascade Fixation, and I'm very interested in how your socks turned out. Did the elastic hold up, and did you have to reinforce the heels and toes?
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strandedgirl
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USA
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Posted - 06/25/2014 :  12:33:32 PM  Show Profile Send strandedgirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have some of this yarn too, and have been hesitant to make my projects due to worry about the tension. Were you able to keep the tension even over the whole project? How did you keep from pulling it snug, henceforth stretching it out? Like Crystal, I am curious on how the elastic held up.

Thanks!

My name is Michelle, and I'm a yarnaholic.
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azblueskies
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Posted - 06/26/2014 :  07:14:17 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have some, too, but wasn't happy with the way it worked up. Ended up using it to make stretch bracelets for my granddaughter.

azblue
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