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Old 01-21-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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I suppose I am worried about using something that is not recommended in the pattern and it turning out larger than I need.
But the pattern does recommend a dk weight yarn and that usually has a label gauge of 22 sts per 4" on size 6s. The pattern has a looser gauge because it's knit on size 8s, though you may have to go to 9s. It doesn't matter what dk yarn you use, just match the gauge. This pattern is sure to be on ravelry and you can use the yarn ideas tab to see what yarns were used, or click through some of the projects.

If you were to find a yarn that says 18 sts per 4" on the label, that's a much heavier yarn and would be heavier and stiffer than the pattern calls for. So use a dk weight and the needles you need to match the pattern to get the same results.
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