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Yarn Shrinkage [Jun. 9th, 2011|08:29 am]
UK knitters ahoy


Not shrinkage per se, but I have to make a plaited cord for a pair of baby bootees and wondered if/how much plaiting shortens the length of the yarn used? I don't want cut three lengths of yarn, plait them and end up with too short a cord, and equally I don't want to end up cutting off three ends that are too long for the cord but too short for anything else!

[User Picture]From: aellia
2011-06-09 09:04 am (UTC)
They used to say that you need three times the length of the plaited cord.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2011-06-09 11:52 am (UTC)

Annoyingly, the pattern is very vague - it basically says "plait three pieces of yarn to make a cord to go around the bootees". Gee, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: belle_marmotte
2011-06-09 05:20 pm (UTC)
Another one on the x3 thing!
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[User Picture]From: k425
2011-06-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
I measured a length of yarn to go around the bootee, added half again, cut six lengths, plaited one cord and ended up with... almost all of the "half again" left over!
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