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Old 10-12-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
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Duh! Question
Just to confirm ... lace weight yarn is thinner than fingering weight yarn. Yes? I've seen it described differently on different charts and websites.

I don't really know why I'm asking this question because I can't imagine ever knitting anything in fingering weight yarn anyway. But ... the yarns are so durn purty.

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Old 10-12-2005, 05:14 PM   #2
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Hi kitten,

Yes, lace weight IS thinner than fingering, although in many shawls I've seen it used doubled.
Knitpicks has some GORGEOUS lace weight yarns, some in alpaca and silk - feels yummy. And a lot of lacy patterns are knit on larger needles than you'd expect for the thickness of the yarn - that's one of the things that give the "lacy" effect, along with all the YOs. So never say never - you may someday expand your knitting repertoire. Kelly has become addicted to lace knitting recently.

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Old 10-12-2005, 05:41 PM   #3
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Thanks, Mary ... it was KnitPick's yarns that made me ask. They look gawgeous. I didn't think about doubling them ... yet another 'duh' moment! :rollseyes: Sooo ... if I double the lace weight yarn (something like Gossamer or Shimmer from Knitpicks), am I then up to a sport weight yarn - most likely?

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Old 10-12-2005, 05:47 PM   #4
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FYI...THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A 'duh' question...all questions are good questions...this is how we learn
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I believe Julie (Dotmom) refers to knitting with lace yarn as "knitting with hair."
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Aw, thanks, Rebecca - I love learning at this time of my life. When I was younger, learning seemed like 'work' -- now it's 'joy'.

You always make me fee so good!

P.S. I'm going to send you a link to some of our photos from our recent visit to your great city.

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