Knitting with Crochet Cotton??????
I reciently aquired a copywrite 1935 (The Spool Cotton Company) knitting pattern book. Cutest, cutest skirts! Not such cute tops, but, well it was written in the 30’s.
The patterns call for sizes 1 and 2 needles. Instead of yarn, they use Clarks O.N.T. knitting cotton (which I can’t seem to find) or Knit-Cro-Sheen, which is still manufactured to day.
I made a swatch yesterday, and wasn’t able to get the gauge quite right. 1.5 too few stitches to the inch on wooden needles. I think I’ll buy a pair of steel needles and see if that makes a difference. I’m going to have to enlarge the pattern, anyway, so with just a little fussing, I should be able to achieve something of a satisfactory guage.
A previous owner of the book had, very kindly, already done the math computations to enlarge the skirts about 3 sizes. Bless her chubby little heart!
The resulting fabric seems quite light and not at all resilient, (as is wool)…….
My questions are:
Have any of you knitted clothing from crochet cotton (what I would probably call BedSpread cotton)?
Any special challenges or opportunities that I need to keep in mind?
Does the lack of resiliency cause a skirt to “bag out in the seat”?
Any laundry problems to be overcome?
Patterns don’t call for a fabric lining, but I wonder???????????
What else should I know? Gail
Edited 6/11/2008 2:08 pm ET by GailAnn