How to Get a Measurement on Open Knits

I often knit yarn on a larger needle than suggested because I like open, drapey fabric. When you do this, be careful when you measure your knitting. It's tempting to stretch your work lengthwise so you can move things along more quickly. But you may be sorry…

Examples

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Example 1

Anna knitted in Tahki Ripple using US11.

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Example 2

Weekend Wrap knitted in Habu A-111 using US17.

I always tell knitters to stretch their work widthwise to the called-for measurements (check your schematics for that figure). Then measure your length. This can make a difference of several inches in your finished piece – especially on something like the Weekend Wrap. You don't want short, skimpy fronts!

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