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Old 07-04-2013, 09:48 PM   #11
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Ply isn't really a good description. It can apply to other weights of yarn as well so it's usually best to use gauge if you don't know the weight.
http://www.purlbee.com/2-ply-4-ply-why-ply/

ETA the site isn't coming up for some reason. I'll fix it if I find it.

Well here's another short description since the link is broken.
http://www.depictthis.net/2012/06/li...y-why-ply.html
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #12
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Thanks, Jan. I wanted to say I go by the gauge but then thought maybe that wasn't pertinent.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:48 AM   #13
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Yes, I think that's why there's a movement away from using ply (at least in the US). Gauge and the recommended needles give you a better feeling for the kind of yarn that can be used.
This article from Knitty is very interesting about the use of ply in general and how it affects your knitting.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATwhyply.html
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #14
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i agree, though then move way from ply here isnt so obvious. I certainly read the labels of yarn now, giving sts per inch etc.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I agree the US should have gone metric years ago. It would be a big transition, but could be done over a period of time. Probably not for awhile though. If the numbers are in the range of 10 centimeters I can figure it out...otherwise not so much.
I agree. I'm showing my age, but I remember when the speed limit signs here in the US were changed to include both mph and kph. Like Jan, I have a hard time "thinking" in metric. Maybe if the kids were taught both systems in grade school, we could slowly make the transition. (Maybe they ARE taught both systems now? ) Anyway, it would be great to use metric for knitting. That system can be used internationally, and, as David points out, it just makes more sense.
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Actually it wouldn't matter if it were in inches or centimetres, so long as it were a measure - I think 8ths of an inch are a little tricky for me to comprehend.

I learned inches/miles/stones (not pounds) in grade school. But we transitioned to metric in the late 1960s so I went with the flow.

I now find it very difficult to comprehend how long a mile is, yet a kilometre is a piece of cake, odd.
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Originally Posted by DavidSydney63 View Post
Actually it wouldn't matter if it were in inches or centimetres, so long as it were a measure - I think 8ths of an inch are a little tricky for me to comprehend.

I learned inches/miles/stones (not pounds) in grade school. But we transitioned to metric in the late 1960s so I went with the flow.

I now find it very difficult to comprehend how long a mile is, yet a kilometre is a piece of cake, odd.
It all depends on what we're used to. I have little concept of what metric measurements are simply because I don't use them. Important question for you: What's a stone? I've encountered it in books (such as James Herriot's All Creatures books) but don't know what it means.
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Answering questions in the most recent two posts:

1 mile = 1.6 km

1 stone = 14 lb (approx. 6.25 kg)
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1 inch = 2.5 centimetres
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