02-27-2007, 08:40 PM #21 Arielluria Instepping Out     Join Date: Jan 2007 Location: TX Posts: 2,972 Thanks: 490 Thanked 414 Times in 309 Posts Thanks for those links Lisa. BTW, can someone explain to me the difference between the different yarns? It's so confusing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And if I'm at the store to buy the yarn and it doesn't say what type it is (as the Patons doesn't), then I wouldn't know whether it was right for my project or not!!!!!!! __________________ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal (Proverbs 12:10) Adopt a pet PETFINDER.COM Free patternns on My blog or on Ravelry:

 02-27-2007, 11:05 PM #22 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts The 3rd link, for dailyknitter, explains most of what's found on a label. You could print out the part pertaining to which weight = which gauge and take it with you. Most labels will have the gauge somewhere on the label and that's what determines if a yarn is DK or worsted or whatever. sue
 02-28-2007, 12:57 AM #23 momwolf Instepping Out     Join Date: Feb 2006 Location: In the wilderness of Minnesota Posts: 2,730 Thanks: 1,287 Thanked 1,137 Times in 707 Posts Try this http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/606 this site has a place to put in numbers and it figures it out for you and this http://www.angelyarns.com/yarn/charts.php Here are some conversions Grams X 0.035 = Ounces Ounces X 28.57 = Grams Meters X 1.0936 = yards Yards X 0.9144 = Meters __________________
 03-30-2007, 09:08 AM #24 coffeegirl Casting On   Join Date: Mar 2007 Posts: 19 Thanks: 0 Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts This thread has been really helpful and has given me something to come back to and read up on some more following the links. It's hard to find the exact yarn as called for in patterns and/or you just want to use something else, and being a newbie I am getting a headache at the math and trying to get my head around gauge, needle sizes, etc etc In Australia we dont seem to have the yarn weight categories either which makes it more difficult, I can't see those anywhere on the labels here. Can I just add a question... What if I find a substitute which has same gauge as the pattern but the pattern calls for one size needle and the yarn calls for another. So e.g. the pattern says to use 6mm needles and the yarn substitute says to use 8mm. BUT the tension is exactly the same on both?
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 Originally Posted by coffeegirl Can I just add a question... What if I find a substitute which has same gauge as the pattern but the pattern calls for one size needle and the yarn calls for another. So e.g. the pattern says to use 6mm needles and the yarn substitute says to use 8mm. BUT the tension is exactly the same on both?
the difference in needle size is probably just a tension thing. the person who wrote the pattern wrote down what neele size she used. because people knit at different tensions, you can't rely on needle size.

before you knit a pattern (especially important for things you are going to wear), you have to sit down and knit a swatch and make sure that your gage matches what the pattern lists.
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 03-30-2007, 07:01 PM #26 coffeegirl Casting On   Join Date: Mar 2007 Posts: 19 Thanks: 0 Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts OK thank you. So it doesn't matter what size needle you use, as long as your tension matches the pattern. I have been reading on tension and gauge and trying to get my head around it. I'm getting there.

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