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Old 06-20-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
willowmom
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yarn for projects/projects for yarn and Trio bag
Hi everyone,

Iíll bet this question has come up, but I couldnít find it so here I goÖ

As an inexperienced knitter I keep finding myself looking at patterns and wanting to use different yarns, or, finding yummy yarns and not sure how they would work with particular patterns. How do I figure out what works with what?

For example, I ordered online (and just received) some mohair yarn/bulky weight. It was very beautiful by itís picture, and itís very pretty sitting on my desk, but two things are troubling me about it. (1) I bought it to make a cable scarf for my husband, but not that Iím looking it it I wonder if you can do a cable with something hairy like that or if would just look weird, and (2) I find it to be a little itchy and donít think the hubster would wear something that wasnít soft and luscious.

Another example (not that you need one, but itíll save me a different post). Iíve been wanting to make the Trio bag, but I donít want to use the Trio yarn. I found something very beautiful and soft and I almost bought it, but than I started to wonder if Iíd have the same results. Is the Trio yarn stiffer? Does the Trio bag actually maintain its round shape on its own if just sitting on a table? Would I achieve that same shape with a softer yarn?

I know one of the answers will be to look at the weight of the yarn (either name or number) but oftentimes, that information is not on the label.

This has been rattling in my mind for a while, but it took on a different level this weekend. I just finished my poncho that I have been working on for the last 2 months. I did knit a gauge, but I didnít used the recommended yarn that had a little elastic in it. I just used cotton. It came out okay, but itís about 2 times larger than I am. Itís supposed to sit off the shoulder, but itís about 2 ft too large!!! Instead of casting on the suggested 252 sts, I should have done about 150 (and finished a month ago).

Is this too rambly? Is anyone following me?
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