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JGM
06-04-2007, 11:04 PM
One: I'm thinking of knitting a pattern in this book (http://www.knitpicks.com/Inspired+Cable+Knits_BD30725.html)and the weight of the yarn used is indicated with the same symbol as used on knitpicks.com, the little skein of yarn with a number on it. It also gives a weight description, in this case "medium" but that doesn't match up with what knitpicks says, which is "worsted". The book has weights 1-5 and so does knitpicks so would it be safe to assume the following?

Book Knitpicks
1 = superfine = fingering
2 = fine = sport
3 = light = DK
4 = medium = worsted
5 = bulky = bulky

Second: The pattern in the book was knitted with "18/24 Wool by Mission Falls" would it be permissible to substitute cotton? I've never knitted with cotton before, but I assume that it would drape differently than wool would.

suzeeq
06-04-2007, 11:09 PM
Yes, a medium weight yarn is worsted. Many yarns use the same numbering system on their labels. It depends on what kind of cotton you use; some is a bit stiff and others are quite soft and drapey.

sue

ArtLady1981
06-05-2007, 04:14 AM
If your sweater will have cables, and if you are thinking of using a cotton yarn...try to use a "cable cotton" yarn. It allows your cable details to stand out really well.

HERE (http://www.knittingfever.com/knitpatterns.asp?manu=Elsebeth+Lavold&yarn=Cable+Cotton&prodid=4339&prodtype=yarn&detail=no) is a link to a cable cotton that I like.

And HERE (http://www.herrschners.com/products/product.aspx?sku=710251) is another link for that same cable cotton from Herrschners.

And finally, one more LINK (http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product828.html) for Elsebeth Lavold Cable Cotton. It knits at a worsted weight.

I knit a 3/4 coat last summer. Loved how it handled, and the stitches behaved real nice.

cathoo
06-05-2007, 06:47 AM
As far as I know, Knit Picks is sticking to the Craft Yarn Council's standard for yarn sizes. It's available at yarnstandards.com (http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html)
Most "beginners" books that I've read have included this chart in them. The only thing that would make it perfect would be a "wraps per inch" range, because everyone knits differently.

It sure makes it easier to try and switch yarns in a pattern!

JGM
06-05-2007, 06:57 PM
Sweet! Thanks all!

mwedzi
06-05-2007, 10:05 PM
Mission Falls 1824 Wool and Mission Falls 1824 Cotton are marketed as being interchangeable, getting the same gauge. Just be aware that the cotton is bumpy texture and so doesn't have very good stitch definition. It's also a tad stiff.

suzeeq
06-05-2007, 11:15 PM
It's also a tad stiff.

There's a way around that.... knit with a larger size needle....

sue

ArtLady1981
06-06-2007, 01:22 AM
Mission Falls 1824 Wool and Mission Falls 1824 Cotton are marketed as being interchangeable, getting the same gauge. Just be aware that the cotton is bumpy texture and so doesn't have very good stitch definition. It's also a tad stiff.

I want to second mwedzi's comment!

Right now I am knitting a KHAKI CABLES cardigan using a good mercerized cable cotton...and because it is a tad stiff...and because I am cabling a lot...my hands, thumbs, wrists are acting like I have arthritis! I just know it is the hours of strain and hand work.

The cardi is turning out beautifully. Cable cotton allows patterning to stand out and have very good definition...but oooh...my poor :pout: hands. I am going to wear some Nikken magnets on my hands when I go to bed tonight. I put some socks on my hands and stuff two magnet balls in there. That should help. :thumbsup:

cookworm
06-06-2007, 12:57 PM
JGM, here's (http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html) a really great page that tells you all of the terms used to describe the different weights of yarn. I refer to it often, because some of the terms used to describe yarn weights aren't very consistent.