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Old 11-08-2005, 03:17 PM   #1
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adapting yarn and needle sizes
Hi all,

Still a newbie, I have made a horrible mistake.

I ordered yarn for Xmas projects through KnitPicks. Becuase of a delivery glitch, it's taken almost a month to get to me. This was kind of troubling becuase I'm a pretty slow knitter and have lots of projects in mind. I made a horrible mistake, how do I fix it?

My scarf pattern calls for 16 sts/4" on size 11 needles. The yarn I bought is 16 sts/4" but I forgot to notice the needle recommendation, and that is based on a size 6 needle. Oh no!

As soon as I opened the package I knew there was not nearly enough yarn, but I had the right amount of yardage so I was very confused. How do I rectify this?

On one hand, I think I could order more yarn and hope it gets here on time, but I'm thinking that the pattern (even row = K3P1, and odd rows = K all) will come out tinsey weensey and will look silly and will make a very narrow scarf. Would it be better if I doubled up on the yarn and used bigger needles? If so, what size needles would I use?

I know that somewhere on this site there is a needle/yarn conversion link, but I am not able to access it (firewall), so that's no help for me.

If you can help, I'd be ever so grateful.

As my baby would say, "tinks" in advance.
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:36 PM   #2
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Try doubling the yarn and using size 10 or 10.5 needles. You may want to try a swatch with it to get a fabric you like the feel and look of.

The clogs we've all been making use doubled worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles, but are a relatively "open" fabric before felting, so size 10.5 give or take a size should be about right for a scarf.

Best of luck, and let us know how it's going.

Happy Knitting :XX: :XX:

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