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Old 02-03-2009, 03:52 AM   #1
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switching yarns hence getting correct gauge for pattern
I would like to do a cat Bordhi unfelted sling bag. The pattern calls15 sts=4" w/ US10. She used Skacel Filo & Fili cotton.

I have found some colored cotton i like by elann but it is 22 sts= 4" w/ US 6. I have not bought the yarn yet for a true gauge sizing.
What I don't understand is many fold.
- how do i change my cast on to the correct number of stitches.
- how do i calculate how much yarn I need?
- will the needle size change the size or length? yes, it is a bag but the shoulder strap length is still important.
- what else am i forgetting to take into consideration?
- i could not find any of her yarn to see what its weight is nor knit a bit to see what the texture of the gauge is. I would think it would need to be tight but size 10 seems big for tight gauge yet how would things not poke out?

I have knitted several bowls and a cat bed that have had to be felted. those projects have been loose so I can't imagine what a non felted bag tension(?) is like. I am making this as a thankyou gift so I really want to get it right!
Thanks for your assistance.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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Hello,

I am in work so can't type out a full answer but if you click on this link to my blog there is apost a little way down the page that decribes the calculations involved with gauge.

Hope it is of some help.
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If you doubled the yarn, you might get the correct gauge; sounds like the yarn is very thick. If you knit the bag in your yarn, you might want to use size 5s, double the stitches and double the yardage.
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