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Old 05-02-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Hi all, just got back from Micheal's and they had some new colors from Sugar'nCream, they are called Confectionary Colors and I so wanted to buy at least one of each! (and there were at least 10 different colors!) And they were in 1 lb skeins too! I have been wanting to make a bath mat and I knew that Mason and Dixon had one in there that called for holding 3 strands together. So I bought 3 of "Hard Candy", pink and white twists, for my girls bathroom. Then I looked at the book and it calls for double worsted and this is just worsted.

Anyone here made one with worsted and not double worsted? I have never seen double worsted in the stores so if I want to make it according to the directions, I think I may have to buy it through the internet.
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Old 05-02-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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Was it on the cones?

I made this mat last summer, but I ordered my supplies online -- ordering almost exactly what the pattern called for.
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Old 05-02-2008, 12:48 PM   #3
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I did it with two strands of the double worsted, which is probably pretty close to three of the single. Came out fine. Not as thick as with three double, but plenty thick and cushy enough for me.

Also, on Ravelry, people talk about doing it with four strands of single, rather than three strands of double, if you really want it nice and thick. Especially with the Sugar 'n Cream, which IMHO, isn't as cushy as Peaches and Creme.

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Nope, not on cones. Never seen yarn on cones yet. Just great big 12 ounce skeins of cotton yarn, 340 grams each, 603 yards each.

Off to check out Ravelry (why I didn't in the first place?)
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I think it'll be fine with the S&C worsted! I've wanted to make that so I can't wait to hear how it goes and see it!
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:33 PM   #6
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The double worsted is only available online I think.
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Old 05-03-2008, 07:40 AM   #7
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Well, I started it and it looks great! However I am having a problem, I finish the center square and am now on the first strip surround it. I cannot pick up the stitches off of the bound off edge, they are too tight. I don't think I bound off too tight though, I just think that they are tight because that is the way they are supposed to be. Am I missing something? Should I go down a size or two in needle to do this part? Or should I have been picking up the stitches on the other edge? (I thought of that before but wouldn't that just delay the inevitable?)

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You could try using a larger needle to BO with, or only picking up from one of the BO strands instead of both. Is there a reason you have to pick up the BO, can you leave them live and knit across them instead?
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I think leaving them live, as suzeeq suggested, it the best way to go. I'll definitely do that on the next one, as picking up on the BO edges was time consuming.
And you have to be really careful that you pick up the right amount of stitches or it gets a little wonky. Leaving them live eliminates that problem.
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If leaving them live doesn't give the desired effect - I've used a crochet hook to pu stitches. As previously mentioned, maybe using only one strand.

I look forward to seeing the final result.
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