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Old 10-03-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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needle size vs wool type vs pattern
I'm trying to do my first item from a pattern. The one I'm attempting is Debbie Bliss Ballerina Top for Babies
However... it asks for sizes 2.75mm and 3.25mm needles. I have (and can currently only find to buy) 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm (my smallest range of needles). The smallest wool I can find is for size 3.5mm - 4mm needles.

I've tried knitting up the bigger size of the pattern on the 2.5 and 3mm needles but it's going very stiff (understandable since the wool is wrong for it)
But now I'm wondering if I can try knitting up the smaller size on my 3.5 and 4mm and still get roughly the right size?

The baby I am knitting it for (I use her as my test subject when I'm teaching myself something new) is just over a year old.

The measurements given in the pattern are:

To fit age 6-12 months
Actual chest measurement : 59cm (23 1/4 inch)
Length: 23cm (9 inch)
Sleeve Seam: 19cm (7 1/2 inch)

To fit age 13-18 months
Actual chest measurement : 65cm (25 1/2 inch)
Length: 26cm (10 1/4 inch)
Sleeve Seam: 22cm (8 1/4 inch)

To fit age 24-36 months
Actual chest measurement : 73cm (28 3/4 inch)
Length: 32cm (12 1/2 inch)
Sleeve Seam: 24cm (9 1/2 inch)

Tension is 25 sts and 34 rows to 10cm/4in square over st st on 3.25mm needles.
The cast on for the back piece is 74, 82, 92 sts (for the different sizes)

I think I may need to convince the mother to let me try measure this shy little girl

I'd appreciate any advice you can give me.
Thank you
~ 26 year old knitting in Holland ~
OTN: Various scarves, shawl and ballerina top for babies
Latest FO: Scarf + beanie combo
Planned to do:More baby stuff, more scarves (for me this time I swear), learn to crochet (at least a basic granny square)

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