Ok guys, I've been knitting for lo these many years, usually handspun, usually bulky weight. In the past several years I've switched over to knitting more worsted weight, and for the life of me, I can't get the ribbing around the base of the sweater or vest to stay perky after the first wash. In fact, in the worst cases, it's actually SPREADS - yes, despite decreasing stitches and going down about two needle sizes, the bottom of the sweater is sometimes wider. What the hell?
I just finished a neck down raglan. It looked great, and I finally thought I'd gotten this ribbing thing. But one wash...and I need to redo the ribbing.
Any ideas? I'm a notoriously loose knitter, I know that about myself, and I do try to tighten up when I rib. And as I said above, I do decrease stitches AND go down a couple of sizes. I generally do a K2 P2, or K3 P3 rib, and generally do about three inches of ribbing.
Any ideas? This is downright embarrassing!
Thanks - Jonathan in very snowy DC