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I'm thinking about incorporating elastic thread in the cuffs and bottom edge of a sweater I'm knitting. I'm using 100% wool and want to ensure the elasticity of those 2 areas...I've never used it before. Do you stretch the elastic while knitting,etc, etc? Any other advice would be much appreciated.
 

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I used some years ago when I knit a sweater with cotton. It worked well far as keeping the wrists from stretching out, but is was kind of tricky to work with - it was hard to keep the two strands together. I found that I'd dropped the elastic in several places, but it was thin and clear and wasn't obvious. I'm not sure whether I'd bother with it for a wool sweater, but if I made another cotton sweater, I would.
 

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I'm a great fan of knit-in elastic, particularly for ribbed welts in any type of yarn. I keep the reel of elastic in a small sealed plastic bag, feeding the elastic out through a punched hole. Just keep the elastic running over your finger along with the main yarn and it seems to arrange the degree of stretch automatically. The elastic can also be useful knitted into the work anywhere a very slight gathering is required, - a favourite of mine is a centimetre or so along the neck edge of a knitted collar - does wonders to create a nice "set".
 

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Thanks,Elis, Just what I needed to hear!
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I'm a great fan of knit-in elastic, particularly for ribbed welts in any type of yarn. I keep the reel of elastic in a small sealed plastic bag, feeding the elastic out through a punched hole. Just keep the elastic running over your finger along with the main yarn and it seems to arrange the degree of stretch automatically. The elastic can also be useful knitted into the work anywhere a very slight gathering is required, - a favourite of mine is a centimetre or so along the neck edge of a knitted collar - does wonders to create a nice "set".
 

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Yes, you do stretch it a bit. There are several brands out there so it may take a few trys until you find one that works for you.

Clover introduced a Knitting Elastic last year in White and this year in black. It has nominal directions (more like a few good pictures)
http://itsalljuststring.com/clover-inventory-reduction-sale-314/elastic-thread-white-103356070.html

There is also an excellent "ehow"
http://www.ehow.com/how_6613753_knit-elastic-socks.html

and, of course many like to use YLI's Wooly Nylon - although it does add a bit of bulky - it comes in a much wider range of colors than most elastic.

if you do a search on "how to add elastic to knitting" you should find a goodly number of tutorials and videos to help you find the best method and material for your project.

Enjoy The Making

Wheat
 

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You don't pull it when putting it in. You don't knit with it. You thread the elastic yarn on a tapestry needle and weave it through the stitches on the last row. Then you would knit or crochet over it to hide it on the next row. Another thing I've seen done is to use a casing. You would knit an extra inch like on the bottom of wrist cuffs for mittens or gloves. You would fold it over an inch and stitch this casing closed except for an inch or two. Then knot the thread around a safety pin and work it through the casing. Remove the safety pin. Tie both ends of the elastic thread. Finish sewing up the casing opening. This is how they do it with those mini or magic gloves that are machine made. This is why they seem to hug your wrists so well, they have elastic thread inside the cuff.

Here's a great tutorial with pictures with some ideas on elastic thread for you.

http://techknitting.blogspot.com/search?q=elastic+thread
 

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Thanks Wheat from NY
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Yes, you do stretch it a bit. There are several brands out there so it may take a few trys until you find one that works for you.

Clover introduced a Knitting Elastic last year in White and this year in black. It has nominal directions (more like a few good pictures)
http://itsalljuststring.com/clover-inventory-reduction-sale-314/elastic-thread-white-103356070.html

There is also an excellent "ehow"
http://www.ehow.com/how_6613753_knit-elastic-socks.html

and, of course many like to use YLI's Wooly Nylon - although it does add a bit of bulky - it comes in a much wider range of colors than most elastic.

if you do a search on "how to add elastic to knitting" you should find a goodly number of tutorials and videos to help you find the best method and material for your project.

Enjoy The Making

Wheat
 
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