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Mixing stockinette with lace
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Jul 17, 2017 03:05:57   #
I would like to knit a cardigan in stockinette alternated with lace on a Brother standard gauge. Would I need to adjust the tension for the lace part so that it is not wider than the stockinette parts? Thank you!
Jul 17, 2017 03:16:31   #
Almost certainly, lace in generally a looser fabric than stockinette. A tension swatch or two will give the best indication.
Jul 17, 2017 08:02:06   #
Peanut Tinker
I made a sweater with the body in stockinette the sleeves only in lace, and yes, you will have to knit a completely different gauge based on your swatch. However, if you include lace into one piece, it might create a texture that you like if you maintain the same gauge. The best you can do is experiment until you like what you see!
Jul 17, 2017 10:10:47   #
Make 2 swatches, one in the lace pattern and one in stockinette. If you are using a small amount of lace it won't make any difference, but if you are using a large amount of lace then you should take the measurements of the two and average them. If however you can also make a swatch of the amount of stockinette and lace together and use the average to get your stitch and row gauge. Make several measurements and average them to get your stitch gauge.
Jul 17, 2017 11:59:50   #
From a recent project, for my pattern, going 2 whole numbers lower for the lace than stockinette worked well for my pattern. I got about the same width for both stockinette and lace. That may be helpful for you as a starting point for your swatching.
Jul 18, 2017 09:39:44   #
txgigi (a regular here)
Thanks for the info
Sep 9, 2017 17:00:04   #
Thanks very much for your advice!
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