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Old 02-01-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Worsted Weight Yarn Question??
Good afternoon everyone,

I'm about to start knitting an afghan for the first time. My pattern says to use worsted weight yarn (33 oz,940 grams, 2170 yards) and use circular needles size 17 and I have to hold two strands of yarn together. They don't mention what type of yarn to use like cotton, wool etc.. I really like the wool-ease yarn from Lion Brand and it's worsted weight yarn but I don't understand when it says 4 ply. The gauge for my pattern is :

In Stockinette Stitch, 9 sts and 12 rows= 4"

With the Lion Brand Wool-Ease the gauge is :

18 stitches x 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 8 (5mm) needles

So if I want to use the Lion Brand does that mean that I have to use only 1 strand instead of two?

I'm a beginner and I'm confuse with all the different types of worsted weight yarns.

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Old 02-01-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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Take a look at the standard symbols and weights they indicate here: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html

4 ply yarn just means 4 strands twisted together to make the yarn. The gauge given on the yarn label is just a FYI for you. I'd recommend knitting a swatch of the pattern stitch with 2 strands on the recommended needles for the pattern to see if you knit 9 sts/4" and 12 rows/4". Check out the videos on the free videos tab to see how to knit a gauge swatch.

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You'll have to do a swatch to see what gauge you get with two strands. The suggested needles and gauge on the yarn are just that...a suggestion and a place to start.

Not all worsted weight yarn (or any other weight) is created equal. Nor are knitters gauges always equal with a specific yarn and needles. That's why you do a swatch. If you have only one skein at home you can use the inside yarn and the outside to make the swatch.
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The '4 ply' refers to the strands in each yarn end, doesn't have anything to do with weight. So you'd need the WE doubled the same as in the pattern and if you knit it on size 17 needles should get the same gauge of 9 sts per 4".
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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I don't think I ever had size 17 needles, but I do have size 15 and an Addi size 19. They're gathering dust somewhere. They drove me crazy. They're hard to work with for any length of time because the needles are so big. Even with tripling the yarn, the work seemed thin. My tension was really loose and I couldn't seem to fix it. You might want to consider a pattern which uses smaller needles.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:14 PM   #6
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I always feel like I'm knitting with bats with those fat needles. They kind of hurt my hands, but many people do love them because whatever you knit goes fast!
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I don't mind the thickness of 17s, but I use 13 and 5s a lot. However the size 17 circs I own have short tips in proportion to their diameter and it's hard to hold them.
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You might want to go on Lion's site and check the weight of the Wool Ease. I could be wrong, but I thought it was a #5 bulky. Worsted is a #4. Blankets aren't so critical with gauge, but it might make a difference with the amount of yarn used.
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There's different weights of woolease - worsted and a super bulky, Thick and Quick. And maybe WE Chunky which is a bulky though I could have the 2 heavier ones mixed up..
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I've decided to go with Caron one pound worsted yarn and I also bought on the internet a pair of Addi Turbo circular needles size 17. I will let you know if this solve my problem.
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