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Old 05-19-2007, 12:18 AM   #1
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Using a different yarn in a pattern
I saw this pattern for a cape and want to use a different yarn that what the pattern used. But I am not sure how to go about it. The pattern doesn't give a gauge so that makes it even more confusing. The yarn in the pattern calls for yarn that has a gauge of 5sts = 1" on size 8 needles.

The yarn I would like to use has a gauge of 2.1st = 1" on size 8 needles.

However the pattern uses size 11 needles. Can I use my yarn or do I need to find something else??

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Old 05-19-2007, 01:28 AM   #2
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Using needles larger than `suggested' for the yarn results in a loose, lacey fabric. What gauge do you get with your yarn on size 11s? You may have to go up to size 15, 17 or 19 and might have to use less stitches or it'll be huge. The pattern is a multiple of 11 + 3 sts.

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What I find interesting is that my yarn is really thin, not bulky. Here is a link to what I want to use. And the pattern doesn't look all that lacy.

I was going to use the yarn for a different pattern and it didn't seem to work for it either. When I use large needles I just get huge stitches with huge holes.

Hummm, it is normal to use larger needles for this type of yarn. I am going to see what gauge I get on the 8's and also as you suggested the 11's.
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A mohair fuzzy yarn generally uses larger needles because the fuzz will fill in the gaps. I think you'll be fine using the 11s and pattern as written. If you think it's too loose and holey, you could go down to 10.5s or 7/7.5mm needles if you have them available.

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Thanks Sue!

I haven't gotten chance to try it yet, had dance recital stuff most of the day with the kids...hoping to try it tonight!

It's really soft yarn, can't wait to use it for a project!

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