Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mermaid trouble?



Hey fabulous Hanne-knitters -

So I've just finished the first stripe sequence and am about to start the first gusset, but am having a sinking feeling that I might have a problem. My work is *very* curved - and seems to be more so than others'.

It does straighten out relatively well if I stretch it by hand- I think the problem is that my I-cord gauge was tighter than my knitting gauge. So the question: can I fix it either in the blocking or by doing the trick someone mentioned of cutting out the i-cord leaving the color A stitches live and doing an i-cord bind-off? Or is it ok the way it is? Or do I have to frog the whole blasted thing?

Thanks in advance for your sage advice, gals!

7 comments:

amy! said...

I don't know about the blocking. You can certainly fix it by cutting off the i-cord and doing an i-cord bind off. If you choose to fix it that way, I'd probably swatch it up first after you finish the knitting on the rest of the garment. Do a provisional cast-on of 20 or 30 stitches, work a few inches in garter. Then replace the provisional cast-on with the i-cord bind off and see if it curves. If so, remove it, and redo it with a larger needle.

Billie said...

*phew* - what a relief! As long as I can finish it and then fix it if I still think it still looks weird, I'm ok.

It looks like everyone's Mermaid body starts off curving *except* yours, Amy, so I'm wondering whether it will end up being a problem at all. If it is, if I can fix it at the end, I'm a happy gal. On to the gusset!

amy! said...

Yeah, mine has no i-cord. :)

Holly in CT said...

If you are working on a circular needle that may be the reason for the curling. Mine did not curl (I used an i-cord bindoff to start) but my circular needle cord is pretty limp.

Mari said...

When I cast on with the Icord the first time it did the same thing, really badly. I ripped the thing out and got bigger DPN to do it. still a little tight, but okay with me. I just finished up the body tonight, and had to redo the icord again, this time too loose. I wrote on my pattern next time to just do the whole icord at once and do a provisional cast on.

lisa said...

Did you use the larger needles for the i-cord?

Ana said...

I finally had to use a size 5 dpn for the iCord and a size 3 circular for the rest.

I ripped it out 3 times, each time it looked too too curvy to me. Now it looks nice and straight.