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pqpatch
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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  10:14:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit pqpatch's Homepage Send pqpatch a Private Message
I want to make a tank top utilizing the denim yarn. I am going to use a pattern not specifically sized for this type of yarn. I know it shrinks after washing. My question is how much larger a size should I knit to make up for the shrinkage of the yarn. I would normally make for a finished bust size of 38. Any ideas?

Dicksie
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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  10:23:43 AM  Show Profile Send Dicksie a Private Message
Hi Patty - I'm sure there are others with much more experience with denim yarn than I have. I've only knit one sweater, but I seem to remember the shrinkage was primarily in length - about 5%. What does the manufacturer say?
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yarnmama
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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  12:45:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnmama's Homepage Send yarnmama a Private Message
I think the shrink rate is more like 10-15% and then it's length not width. You don.t need to make it larger in bust width. Add to the length propotionately. Don't forget armhole depth as well. If you're doing waist shaping figure that in your calculations.

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Valk_scot
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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  1:45:41 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
Rowan Denim shrinks 20% in length only, other denim yarns only shrink 10%, And it does vary with brand. SWATCH!

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Stacey14
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Posted - 03/12/2006 :  2:46:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Stacey14's Homepage Send Stacey14 a Private Message
I have some Naturelle 8/8 (similar to Denim but a bit different composition) and it also only shrinks lengthwise, barely at all (if anything) width wise. With yarn like this ALWAYS swatch! Then you'll know exactly what to expect!

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Dicksie
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Posted - 03/12/2006 :  7:06:08 PM  Show Profile Send Dicksie a Private Message
Sorry if I mislead you regarding the percentage of shrinking - it's been at least 15 years since I knit that sweater (still wear it though). If you just knit a BIG swatch, wash and dry it, you should have a pretty good idea of what your particular yarn is going to do.
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LilyBeth
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Posted - 03/13/2006 :  08:38:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit LilyBeth's Homepage Send LilyBeth a Private Message
Just to confirm what everyone else has said, in my recent knitting experience with Den-M-Nit, it shrank about 15% in length but not at all in width. I just multiplied all of the length directions by 15%, and it turned out fine. I knit a big swatch, measured it carefully, washed and dried it and measured again.
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judith27
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  1:41:45 PM  Show Profile Send judith27 a Private Message
I do it the hard way - I wind the balls into skeins and wash them in hot water. The shrinkage is done before I knit.
This process also takes out a lot of the extra dye. No more blue fingers while knitting!
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Dicksie
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  3:34:50 PM  Show Profile Send Dicksie a Private Message
Why didn't I think of that! The blue fingers and everything else it touched are the main reason I've not used it again.
Dicksie

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