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Old 01-23-2013, 08:13 PM   #31
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Your scarf looks OK! The stitches do look tight, but as I understand you're using a very small needle for the yarn and you do the garrotte thing. As pointed out, you need several inches to get an accurate stitch count. Do yourself a favor and work on loosening up a bit.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Are you confusing Caron's One Pound which is a full worsted, with Lion's Pound of Love though it does seem to be a thinner weight.



WoTA is like a worsted to me, but RHSS is more of an aran, especially the 25 year old variety I'm using now, it's like a light bulky. You're skipping over dk which comes between sport and worsted and is sometimes like a thinner worsted.
My LB Pound of Love label states: Super Soft 4 ply knitting worsted weight. Yes, it is much thinner than Caron's One Pound. RHSS is something of a crap shoot IMHO; the variegateds almost always have some very, very thin and really thick parts and it seems to me that the colors are connected to the variations; one color will be fatter than another and some are much softer than others. Currently I've decided I like the RH With Love. I've not used a lot of it but so far it's soft and I've not seen the thick-thin-medium-very thin-very-thick stuff going on.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #33
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The scarf is not so bad, for that it's a number 4 yarn and I'm using either number 6 or 7 needles, my stitches for that feel just right and I actually didn't choke the needles to death.

I didn't work on the hat last night. I spent a bit too much time working on the scarf, got that red section finished and started on the next purple segment. I'm averaging about an inch to an inch+ per week night on it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:42 AM   #34
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I don't think I've ever seen a dk weight in my area stores. But yes, I have used both Caron One Pound and Pound of Love. You're right, there's a big difference. Question? Does dk weight have a number, like a 3 or 4 in the standard symbols? Is this somewhere in between the two?
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #35
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As to the needle size, #5 is way too small for a worsted weight yarn. I used to make convertible mittens this way a few years ago. The pattern called for it and I didn't know any better because I was still a novice knitter. You can do it, but not without a lot of cranking to actually knit the stitches and a few curse words thrown in. I now knit these on a #8 and have modified the pattern to suit me. If you're getting 6-8 stitches per inch, this is more along the lines of a #1 to a #3 needle. Six stitches per inch is about what my LYS recommended for knitting socks on a #3 needle with thinner sock or fingering yarn. This would be about a #1 or #2 in the weight classification on the label.

Edit: Reminds me, I need to finish the convertible mittens I'm doing. The ones I made several years ago have worn out and my son asked me to knit another pair for his girlfriend.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:06 AM   #36
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They usually put DK in the 3 class I think as a lot of it is thinner than worsted, though I've had some that's as thick as a worsted.

Some patterns will call for worsted knit on a size 5 or 6 to make a really dense knit, like for socks or mittens, even hats.
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