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Old 12-02-2011, 06:48 AM   #1
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correct wool for pattern
hello i'm a new knitter and i'm just about to start working on a new pattern but i already have wool i'd like to use and it isn't the same thickness as the suggested wool for the pattern, what will happen if i use my thinner wool? thanks
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:44 AM   #2
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If you use thinner wool your FO will turn out smaller, thinner and drape"ier."

If you want to use this wool, you need to either
1) use smaller needles (appropriate for the wool), and make a bigger size.
2) use the needle size called for in the pattern, but cast on more stitches.



Give us the gauge for your wool and the gauge for your pattern, and we can be more specific for you.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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okay thank you! i'm not very familiar with 'gauges' but i think the pattern says between 1200 and 1400 with 10 mm knitting needles, unfortunately the wool was given to me as a present and the label had been taken off so there's no information on it!
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:16 AM   #4
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The pattern will tell you the number of sts per inch you should get. This is the gauge or tension for the pattern. For the yarn you were given, you can get an estimate of the thickness of the yarn by wrapping the strand of yarn around a ruler. See how many wraps per inch you get and that will give you an estimate of the yarn thickness.
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okay my pattern says tension: 9 stitches and 12 rows = 10 x 10 cm, and i got nine wraps to an inch. i've done a tension square with my wool and it does measure roughly 10 x 10 cm, so does this mean that i am knitting very loosely with my thinner yarn in order that the tension square is about the right size despite the differences in yarn sizes?
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:37 AM   #6
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Yes, if your yarn is thinner and you knit with the larger needles, you'll probably get the same gauge, but the sts will be looser and more open. For some things this may not matter, like a scarf or shawl, but you might want a little denser knit for a sweater or hat. So use smaller needles, 8 or 9 mm and see if you like that fabric. Then take your sts per inch and divide it into a larger size of the pattern (to get more stitches) and see if that will give you the finished measurement you need. What pattern are you making? If it's online, a link to it will help us to look at it and give you more specific advice.
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