Get the right length every time
05/29/2018                       #763
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You're knitting or crocheting a piece that gets kind of long—maybe a sweater body, or a scarf. And you reach a point where you're just kind of tired of working that stitch pattern over and over and over again. Sure, the process can be therapeutic—who doesn't love zoning out after a long work week with some stockinette stitch in the round and a favorite TV show? But for many of us, we are eagerly awaiting the next part of the process. So we hold it up, say "Hmm, that looks good" and then move on. 

And then discover that the piece we're working on comes out too short or too long and we have to fix the piece (or find someone taller or shorter who likes handmade gifts). This could be so easily avoided by simply taking the time to measure the piece correctly. If you're new to crafting or just need a refresher, keep reading for some tips on making sure your piece comes out the right length.
Abbott, this week's free pattern, is a perfect piece on which to practice measuring your knitting. This airy scarf, knit with Berroco Folio® in a very simple one-row lace pattern, is about 77" long when it's finished. Obviously the length is customizable—you can easily make it shorter or longer depending on your preference. But to make sure that you have a scarf that is long enough to wrap around your neck in your preferred fashion, keep these tips in mind.
  1. Consider your fiber content. Berroco Folio is super light and airy, a blend of alpaca and rayon, and doesn't have a lot of weight to it. But if you were to work this pattern in a yarn with a bit more weight to it, maybe Berroco Ultra® Wool, the piece will weigh more and the fabric will stretch out vertically. When working a new-to-you yarn, or working in a lace pattern, it's a good idea to do a swatch so you can get a sense of how the yarn behaves—will it block nicely in a lace pattern? How might it behave in a sweater?
  2. For most accessories, you should lay the piece on a flat surface—for a long scarf, you can use your floor or bed. For garment pieces, again, laying them flat to measure is the first step.
  3. However, as Amanda learned in this blog post, the fiber content of your yarn can play tricks on you when measuring a garment. A scarf gets wrapped up around your neck, but a sweater hangs from your shoulders, and a heavy fiber can drag out of shape. With garments, it's a good idea to measure the piece both flat AND vertically—ideally on a dress form, but you can also hold the work up to your body and ask a friend to measure while you "wear" your work in progress.
  4. Refresh your measuring tape every few years—measuring tapes can get stretched out over time and give you inaccurate measurements. Check your current measuring tape (or tapes) against a ruler made of a very firm material, such as wood or plastic, to make sure that your tapes are accurate.
Download This Week's Free Pattern
Practice your newly refreshed measuring skills with Abbott, a simple scarf knitting pattern that uses a one-row lace repeat. Knit with Berroco Folio, this light and airy scarf is a great accessory for any season. Dress it up with a bit of bling in Berroco Folio Luxe!

Can you believe it's almost JUNE?! Time sure does fly. 

Happy knitting,


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