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Ceil Posted - 04/02/2014 : 10:36:53 PM
I've read that you go up one OR two needle sizes to work this BO.

I'm knitting a sweater with Elsbeth Lavold's Silky Wool. Because of the silk, the yarn has less stretch than wool yarn. So, when a yarn has less stretch, how many sizes up would you go to work this BO? Fwiw, I am using it on shoulder seams.

Thanks!

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
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eldergirl Posted - 04/03/2014 : 11:21:15 PM
Good, Ceil, because I remember from a class I took with Laura Bryant, that the sweater hangs from the shoulders, and you want to have them reasonably stable. (She preferred seamed sweaters, because of the greater stability). Anyway, I would think loosely bound off shoulders would lead to a saggy armscye and be a bit droopy, so I think better not to make them looser!

Best wishes,

Anna

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Ceil Posted - 04/03/2014 : 6:22:37 PM
quote:
Originally posted by anderknit

I have done this bind-off many times, and have never gone up a needle size to do so. If I were you, I'd thread a lifeline in the stitches, and then try a few stitches of BO using same needle size, and then a few BO's with one size larger needle. See which you like better. I can't imagine going up 2 sizes.



I'm using the same needle size for the bind off, and it looks like it's working very well. Thanks so much!

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
Ceil Posted - 04/03/2014 : 6:06:06 PM
quote:
Originally posted by azblueskies

No idea about the BO, but I have some of the Silky Wool in my stash. If you don't mind sharing, which pattern did you use?



Jolien, from "Fresh Fashion Knits" by Rowan. Obviously, I did not use Rowan yarn.

Ceil
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anderknit Posted - 04/03/2014 : 10:41:41 AM
I have done this bind-off many times, and have never gone up a needle size to do so. If I were you, I'd thread a lifeline in the stitches, and then try a few stitches of BO using same needle size, and then a few BO's with one size larger needle. See which you like better. I can't imagine going up 2 sizes.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
azblueskies Posted - 04/03/2014 : 07:13:12 AM
No idea about the BO, but I have some of the Silky Wool in my stash. If you don't mind sharing, which pattern did you use?

azblue
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