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Old 05-27-2009, 02:50 AM   #1
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Converting a pattern from 7 ply to 8 ply
Hi, I hope someone can help me.
I have a pattern I like which requires 7 ply Paton's Caressa (Australian) and I wish to use 8 ply from the Bendigo Woollen Mills. What is the conversion for:

1. needle size
2. stitches
3. rows that would now be required for 8 ply?
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:46 AM   #2
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What you need to match is the guage given in the pattern. It may be the same as listed on the yarn band, but quite possibly not. If the pattern tells you that 25 stitches = 4" using size 7 needle, that's the stitches per inch you need to match with the yarn you want to use.

You may need to use a larger or smaller needle, but start with a 7 needle and your new yarn, cast on 35 stitches and knit for 3-4 inches. then measure and see how close you are to the pattern's guage. Change needles if necessary and knit another 4 inches, measure again. If you can match the guage, you are good to go to just follow the pattern directions.

If you just can't get the same guage, it could still be possible to use the new yarn. It may require major math to make it work. Or it could be as simple as making a different size.

Also depends on just what you are making. If it's clothing, something that needs to finish to a certain size - then it's very important to match the guage. If it's a blanket, purse, or somthing like that, it may be no problem if the finished item comes out smaller or larger then the pattern design.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:14 AM   #3
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It shouldn't be all that much different. First try the needles in the pattern, and if the gauge isn't right, go up a size. And it may not matter if the pattern is a scarf or shawl as the fit won't have to be as close as in a sweater.
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far.
So, do you think it would work for a jumper (sweater) if I used no.8 needles with the 8 ply yarn and elected to knit the next size down in the pattern? I think my calculations give a similar gauge for this.
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If that's what your gauge works out to. You might be able to use the same needle size as the pattern and the same pattern size.
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