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Old 02-18-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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which comes first...
the pattern or the yarn?
just wondering what everyone else does... while I find myself with about 1 skein of every yarn known to man and no patterns. Sigh.
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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Re: which comes first...
Originally Posted by psychedelic_oatmeal
the pattern or the yarn?
just wondering what everyone else does... while I find myself with about 1 skein of every yarn known to man and no patterns. Sigh.
I may be weird, but for me the pattern comes first. Since my yarn budget is limited, I like to know how much I need, etc.
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:15 PM   #3
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I would say the pattern in most cases so you know how much yarn to get. However, sometimes yarn calls you and you just have to get it! Then you find a pattern to suit your yarn.
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:16 PM   #4
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i'm sure that's the best way... sometimes i just can't help myself in the yarn aisle or find some on sale (my budget is labelled A for acrylic, lol), and then can't find a pattern for such a small amount. sigh. i may need therapy!
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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I know it may be bass ackwards but for me it's usually the yarn. I see it and think -- "What can I make with this yarn?" Then I do the research and find a pattern. Then I buy the amount of yarn I need for the pattern.

Every once and a while I see a pattern I really like and buy that first.

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Old 02-18-2007, 06:03 PM   #6
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that seems very reasonable. i'll try that from now on. *eyes huge stash of single balls of yarn* sigh.
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Old 02-18-2007, 06:11 PM   #7
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Old 02-18-2007, 06:40 PM   #8
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I think a lot of people are in the boat you are in. I generally pick my pattern first though. I don't like overloads of yarn. I used to do like you do, and then I couldn't stand it anymore, so I had to start rationalizing.
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I generally do pattern first...or at least an idea of a pattern--like scarf vs sweater vs tank. But you know, sometimes you walk in the store and certain yarns are on crazy sale and you MUST have them! In that situation, I buy enough for an average sweater if I can afford it...then I can decide what I want to make later. I use this chart as a general guide for yardage for sweaters, etc.
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Originally Posted by psychedelic_oatmeal
that seems very reasonable. i'll try that from now on. *eyes huge stash of single balls of yarn* sigh.
umm... I buy the yarn first usually, as i just fall in love with it and have to take it home. When I was a new knitting, i too, like you, would buy 1 skein then wonder what to make of it, and of course, 1 is never enough... so now, do you know what I do - I buy 10 - 15!!! Just in case, left overs is cool, you know!!! So needless to say, my stash is a bit outlandish, as most don't have projects yet!
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