So I Slept On It

And I still don’t know what to do.

Over the weekend I cast on a new project for Loopy Academy TAG. As a reminder, when I ordered the yarn I knew I’d be doing three Casapinka patterns. This yarn, Leading Men Fiber Arts show stopper in koi pond, was purchased with the pattern Vary The Gate in mind. The pattern is very user friendly for highly variegated yarn. At this point I’ve only done a handful of repeats and I’m not happy. I think I’m knitting too tightly. That curved edge has zero stretch. I’m thinking I’ll rip it out and begin again on a larger needle. Or maybe I should just begin again and throw in a YO as the second stitch and drop it on the next row to give that edge a bit of extra yarn. I’ve got the MKAL cowl to work on while I figure out the best route to take.

What would you do to solve this tight edge issue? Thanks for your suggestions.

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16 Responses to So I Slept On It

  1. Laura Kate says:

    I can’t tell what’s going on, so can’t suggest. Are you knitting a shawl or a cowl? And is your stitch pattern a mosaic (slipped stitch) pattern?

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    • It’s a shawl that has kind of wrapped stitches (I don’t want to give too much away since it’s a paid pattern). I think the wrapped stitches are pulling on the yarn and tightening the whole edge right up. It’s going to end up very misshapen if I just keep going as I am.

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      • Laura Kate says:

        For a shawl, it’s not too big a problem if the neck edge is not stretchy. It’s the bottom edge that must stretch a lot. But if the problem seems to be distorting the shape, then making adjustments may be warranted.

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  2. Marsha Noce says:

    The yo idea is what I would do. Are you knitting your first stitch or slipping it? I know many slip it for a cleaner edge but it does make it much tighter that way. I knit all first stitches in shawls and still need that yo in some cases. Leading men’s fibers has some if the best yarns. I am using their Diva on a shawl now.

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    • I am knitting it but I suspect the center of the rows are stealing what little extra yarn would be available for the edge. I’m going to try a YO and see if that works before I go up a needle size.


  3. IS that the side that’s against your neck? If so, I sometimes don’t mind if that’s tight if the other side can be loose. But if you’re not happy I would go up a size!

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  4. I’d start with going up a needle size and try a few rows. If that doesn’t do it, then go to the yo idea 🙂

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  5. Cinna Knits says:

    I love the colors! It’ll be really beautiful.
    From past experience, blocking sometimes loosens up those rigid edges. Maybe after you’re done for the day, mist it until damp and do a small section of blocking to see if it relaxes.

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  6. I would go up a needle size on what you have now – because it will give you a better chance of seeing how it will really work in the body of the shawl. It may still curl – and if it’s not block out-able, you may also want those YOs! But looking at the shape so far, I’m thinking that it might make for a shawl that would sit on the shoulders really nicely, curving around the body.

    That yarn is gorgeous!! Covet-covet-covet…

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  7. mud&string says:

    I’ve been using the yarn over method on a shawl wip and it’s working well.

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  8. AJ says:

    Ugh it’s the worst when a pattern and yarn aren’t co-operating. I’ll try to find your old post.

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  9. Alissa Head says:

    The yarn is really pretty. Everyone has really great suggestions so far.

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  10. ReginaMary says:

    Why not try the bigger needles first before modifying the pattern. Did you read anyone’s notes on Ravelry?

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  11. Stefanie says:

    Looks like you got some good suggestions.

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  12. salpal1 says:

    I know I am late to the party, but if you like the fabric otherwise, I would say keep the needle size and add the yo on the edge. If all the fabric feels too tight I would give it a soak and see what happens before deciding. And even if you go up a size, add the yo. 😉

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