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blessedtosew
04-27-2009, 03:32 PM
I have this crocheted amigurumi nativity pattern (http://skunk-works.com/ccd/GC/Covers_300/Cover_Nativity_01.jpg):. I have seen a crocheted nativity scene done in #10 crochet thread before and it was so gorgeous. Occassionally the pattern for it floats around on ebay, but I always miss it. Do you think I could just used thread crochet on this? I know I would get smaller figures, but that is what I want. I just don't want them to be too small.

merryknitter
04-28-2009, 12:27 AM
That is the cutest pattern...would love to try it myself...I don't have an answer for you, but I would like to see how that would turn out...try it and see...keep us posted! I might just have to order that booklet!

gargoylelib
04-28-2009, 02:21 AM
Hi!

I have on several occasions taken patterns that were intended for worsted weight yarn and done them with smaller yarn in order to shrink the pattern. The smallest I have gone is down to a 1 mm hook with tatting thread. I have always just followed the pattern as is and have gotten good results.

The only way you will be able to tell for sure that it will work out how you want is to make up one of the figures in the crochet cotton and see what size it comes out. I don't know if there is an exact science for figuring out the shrinkage :)

Libbie

OffJumpsJack
04-28-2009, 02:50 PM
Hi!

I have on several occasions taken patterns that were intended for worsted weight yarn and done them with smaller yarn in order to shrink the pattern. The smallest I have gone is down to a 1 mm hook with tatting thread. I have always just followed the pattern as is and have gotten good results.

The only way you will be able to tell for sure that it will work out how you want is to make up one of the figures in the crochet cotton and see what size it comes out. I don't know if there is an exact science for figuring out the shrinkage :)

Libbie


Exact science? Is Mathematics exact enough for your needs? Swatch using the stitch and the chosen, smaller crochet thread with hook suggested on the thread's label. Measure gauge and then divide the stitch counts by the stitches per inch (or cm) to get an idea of the size using the chosen crochet thread.

Or well, I thought I had a link with yarn standards that listed the stitch counts and hook sizes for various weights of yarn and thread but it was only for yarn with weight 0 being lace or sock weight. It barely mentions steel crochet hook sizes or crochet thread sizes at all. :wall: :shrug:

blessedtosew
04-30-2009, 04:52 AM
Thanks everyone.