as i suspected, i think i'm misunderstanding "stretchy." now that i'm thinking about it, 2x2 in a relaxed state is tighter than 1x1, thereby giving it more "stretch." is that what we're talking about? I was thinking 1x1 was stretchier (is that a word?) because in the relaxed state it's very loose and can also be stretched, but it doesn't have the tug the 2x2 has. when i think of a hat being too stretchy, i have a beret where the ribbing is too loose so it moves around my head, and it was 1x1, but if someone means it has to stretch too much to go on their head, then a 2x2 wouldn't be appropriate.
i'm overelaborating here... which did you guys mean?
p.s. mason (if you check back) look what was in my S&B calendar this weekend: "I feel sorry for men who don't knit, they lead empty lives." J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.