Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Working w/ Calmer?

I just started my swatch for Tempting II w/ Calmer, and I don't quite have the feel for it. Do you pull the yarn tight (or kind of tight), or do you knit it loosely? My cast on was definitely imperfect, and the swatch is a not as neat as I'd like. Any suggestions for working with this yarn? It's definitley got alot of stretch to it, though, so it should make a nice top.

6 comments:

The Boot said...

Ya know, I kind of worried about this same issue but once I stopped thinking about it and just let my fingers fly it didn't really matter. Some stitches are pulled tighter than others, but now that I have several inches of ribbing, it appears that they eventually even out when stretched (ie. worn) anyway. Blocking may help, as well.

Best of luck!

Dena said...

Blocking does help some too. I would say keep the tension of the yarn slightly looser than you would normally knit less stretchy yarn. That's what's worked for me.

Pixiepurls said...

try a different size needle, sometimes it does magic.

Jeanie said...

I remember reading that a lot of people were having similar problems while using Calmer on the "Nothing But A T-Shirt" pattern as well. This was one of the reasons I subbed to a different yarn. I saw many swatches that looked like the stitches were quite wonky. Seems that's just the nature of Calmer.

PeachTree said...

When I knit Glampyre's Bad Penny using Calmer it ended up being way too big on me, so I frogged the entire thing and then reknit it using THE SAME SIZE NEEDLES (5.00mm) and it turned out OK. Tricky yarn. I guess you just have to play around with it until you get the tension you want. *Note: It's so dreamy wearing anything knit with this yarn though!

Tusa said...

I have knitted with this yarn before and knitted a rowan pattern. No instructions to pull tighter etc and the cardi turned out fine. I would say as long as you have the right tension, knit as normal.