Originally Posted by knitgal
My question is: In the knitting instructions, when it tells you the wool to use, how do you read this? For example, the pattern I am reading calls for "Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Weight Hand Dyes (4- worsted weight; 50% alpaca/50% wool; each approx 3 1/2 oz/ 100 g and 100 yards/91 m), 5 balls".
What if I want to use another type of wool? I can use any worsted weight, right? Say I find another wool that is 98 yards/90 m and only 50 grams...Do I go by the weight or the length??? Do I get 10 balls because it's only 50 grams, or 5 because it's about the same length?
I think I'm just making myself more confused...help!
it all depends....the way I do it is this...
the TYPE of yarn doesn't matter too much to me, unless I need it to do what I want the pattern to do (felting for example)
So, I'd find a yarn that matches the guage as closely as possible. You don't mention that here, but in the pattern , it SHOULD give you a guage, try and find a yarn that will knit up the same guage. (Stitches per inch)
Second the length, I always go by the length, because if the guage is slightly different then you will know for sure you have the right LENGTH of yarn necessary. You might get a ball that is double in length.....so you won't need as many balls as "required" by the pattern.