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MMario
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Posted - 06/05/2013 :  07:14:49 AM  Show Profile Send MMario a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm knitting the 5 hour baby sweater and have HORRIBLE ladders at the underarm.

I've actually worked two at this point, one in acrylic and I am pretty sure that will block out.

but the other is a "special" in silk and I am petrified that I won't be able to work out the ladders.

any suggestions?

MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.

robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/05/2013 :  10:21:17 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I know we've talked about tugging on the first stitch of the new needle in order to minimize ladders, but in a class with Ann Budd recently, she suggested tugging firmly on the second stitch of the needle instead. I tried it on a sock: zero ladders. Granted, the yarn was 75 wool/25 silk. Is it too late to give this a try? I know we had a big ladder discussion here recently, with several persons offering their tried-and-true methods. You might try a search for that... I think Clara featured it in her newsletter, if that helps.

Robinsteph

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purlthis
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Posted - 06/05/2013 :  6:50:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh we need Fran.

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/06/2013 :  09:30:04 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Said ladders discussion, if it helps, MMario:

http://www.knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=103648

Robinsteph

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ikkivan
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Posted - 06/06/2013 :  11:38:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, for ladders that are ALREADY THERE, I always go back with a tapestry needle or dp (depends on stitch size) and individually "work out" the excess yarn in the ladders by pulling up the extra at one leg of a stitch at a time and moving it to the right or left as many times as it takes for it to disappear ... and it eventually does. Then I gently tug in all directions, including diagonally, to even out the stitches. After that, washing/blocking usually polishes everything up nicely.

THEN, I re-read all the tips so I (hopefully) don't have it happen the next time!

On a side note, I have found synthetics to be the least forgiving when it comes to "fixing" something while blocking (in other words, that's when the ladders do NOT disappear); for me, natural fibers are much better at evening out discrepancies.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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dschmidt
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Posted - 06/08/2013 :  09:51:00 AM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ladders in silk! Yikes, I think the other Donna has the best suggestion.

Donna in VA

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