View Full Version : I need some help picking a pattern for a yarn!

10-02-2008, 09:57 PM
I have 360 yards of Burgundy Fun( red/black). I want to make a shrug to turn tanks into teacher friendly garb. there MUST be sleeves, at least mid upper arm. I am just not sure if this is a good yarn for it and if I have enough. I would wear about a large unless it runs small! Any suggestions and links and encouragement will be greatly appreciated.

10-02-2008, 11:12 PM
I don't have a pattern for a shrug but you could knit a rectangle and seam the small sides and try it on to see how far to sew them up.
Also please check your private message box. I sent you a message. My new camera arrived today.

Jan in CA
10-03-2008, 01:11 AM
What weight is the yarn? Here's a few ideas till you let me know.

These are worsted weight and you can extend the sleeves.

I think this one may need more yarn, but I thought I'd include it.

10-03-2008, 08:42 AM
Those are cute Jan! I'll probably be adding them to my to do list myself.:teehee:

10-04-2008, 12:04 AM
I can't tell the weight! lol it came unmarked in a swap. It's weird. it sorta looks ww at first but it's kinda....flat. I have a pic I think. lol it's also....bumpy. like a bulky yarn but....flat and thinnner. wow, that is an ingenious and articulate post. I just don't SEEM to have much but I'm quite inexperienced. lol

here. hope this works!


The picture with the ball is ALL I have. The swatch you see in that picture is show up close in the last one. it's knitted on 8's and I knit pretty tight. lol I'm working out of that though so this isn't as bad as some things I've made. I don't know if any of this helps. I'm reluctant to pick a pattern because I badly want to wear it and don't want to get almost done and be out of yarn. I can't buy more, don't know what it is really or where I would get it! Thanks again so much! back to homework and the anticipation of something beautiful to keep my arms and shoulders warm!

Jan in CA
10-04-2008, 12:22 AM
Well from what I can see it looks like a fine boucle, but I don't know. The best way to tell is to knit with it and check the gauge.

10-04-2008, 12:48 AM
umm...silly inexperienced question.... how do I do that?

Jan in CA
10-04-2008, 01:39 AM
How do you knit with it? :?? Or... oh you mean how do you check gauge? Knit a swatch at about 4x4 inches. I found this so maybe it'll help.

This is an important step to learn when knitting garments. Gauge isn't always perfect or right, but it's a good first step.

10-04-2008, 01:46 AM
i mean....how do you find the gague of the YARN? I always make the pattern swatch to make sure they match but I've never found the gague of YARN.

Jan in CA
10-04-2008, 01:56 PM
If you don't know the gauge of the yarn you still have to knit a swatch and count the stitches. You can use this as a guide.
When you know about how many stitches per inch (or over 4 inches) then you have a better idea. Knitting the swatch will also let you know ahead of time which needle is best for the yarn and therefore your garment.