So I started on this hat, using magic loop on a 40" cable. The ribbing (K1P1) came out very well–I’m quite proud of it! Now that I’ve moved on to the body of the hat (I’ve done about 3" or so past the ribbing) I’m finding that the diameter has expanded. This is to be expected, some, since I used a size smaller needle for the ribbing. But the diameter has expanded and is curling toward the outside. (This is the infamous “stockinette curling” phenomenon" I assume?)
Is this normal? The stitching seems to be OK…it’s fairly even and there don’t seem to be any gaps or looseness in it. The only reason I’m a bit annoyed with it is that it’s significantly cut down the amount of cable available for “looping”, so I’m having to be careful that the loop doesn’t “disappear” as I knit around, and it can pull the stitch apart at the two “looping” points at the beginning of the round and halfway around.
My other, unrelated, question, has to do with cotton yarn. I just started a dishrag with Sugar & Cream yarn. It seems I have to keep the tension on this much tighter than with the wool blend, in order to keep the stitches even. and not sagging all over the place. Is this typical? Any words of advice on working with this type of yarn?