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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > 2 way/4 way/moderate stretch knits ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/5/12 5:23 PM

I'd like to make V8771, which calls for a 2 way stretch knit, and M6408, which calls for a "moderate stretch knit". I have a gorgeous lilac wool jersey that I want to use for both, but I have no idea how to classify it (2 way, moderate, etc). Would it be appropriate for these projects?

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Date: 1/5/12 5:43 PM

Two way will stretch side-to-side, but not up-and-down. Four way stretches both s2s and u&d.

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Date: 1/5/12 7:20 PM

You could probably use the wool jersey for either or both of those patterns, but to find out the actual percentage of stretch needed, you will need to use the stretch gauge on the back of the pattern envelope.

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Date: 1/5/12 7:58 PM

I have learned that when Vogue says '2-way stretch,' they mean both crosswise and lengthwise. When the pattern calls for crosswise-only, then Vogue simply specifies 'knit.'

See this discussion of the terms 2-way and 4-way stretch from a few months ago.

It is certainly possible that a single knit fabric could be appropriate for both patterns. If it stretches both ways, then it's probably OK for the 2-way (4-way) Vogue top pattern. If it has moderate stretch -- I would interpret this to mean something like 25 to 50% across the grain -- then it'll probably work for the McCalls cardigan. I say probably since the weight of the fabric comes into play, too.

However, I'd be wary of using a knit with more than just a touch of lengthwise stretch for that cardigan, since it looks like it might easily 'grow.'

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Date: 1/5/12 9:50 PM

Wool jersey qualifies as a moderate stretch knit. All of the big 4 have a knit gauge on the envelope to show you how much stretch is needed.

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Date: 1/6/12 11:51 AM

Thanks! I made up the Vogue pattern in the wool knit last night, and it turned out really well. This was my first time working with a knit. Much less daunting than I expected it to be!

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