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Old 01-30-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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What difference does thread thickness make?
Hello everyone,

I am trying to knit the following:

http://homepage.mac.com/subliminalra...ns_pattern.pdf

I looked up the yarn used in that pattern and it looks like its gauge is 2.5 (sts./inch) on #11 needles. The yarn I'm considering picking up (for its value and color) is 3.5-3.75 (sts./inch) on #11 needles. What difference would this make? Would I need to buy more yarn? Or would the pattern just not turn out well?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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The gauge of the pattern is 4 stitches per inch, regardless of what the yarn band may say.

The reason a pattern gives a gauge is so your mittens, in this case, will turn out to be the same size as you'd expect.

If the pattern's gauge is 4 stitches per inch, and you cast on 46 stitches, that turns out to be 11.5 inches, right? If you have 3 stitches per inch, and you cast on 46 stitches, you measurement will be 15.3 inches or so.

With the yarn you chose, however, you probably can get a gauge of 4 stitches per inch. Do a swatch with the 11 needles and see what gauge you get. If you get too many stitches per inch, go down a needle size. Too few, go up a needle size.
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Hello Ingrid,
I got confused reading your answer to this question. If you get too many stitches per inch in your swatch, I would think you would want to go to a larger needle size. What am I missing? Thanks,
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She may have got confused, I do.... Yes, if there's too many sts per inch, use a larger needle.
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Oops! You're right. I should read what I write.
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'sokay Ingrid. I've written the very same thing and posted it even after reading it over a couple times... without changing it.
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