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« on: August 09, 2006 11:23:44 PM »

I'm a beginner crochet-er who just made the ultimate mistake--I bought the wrong yarn for the pattern. Unfortunately for me, I love this yarn--it's Reynold's Rapture in natural--50% wool, 50% silk--which is listed as either a worsted or a bulky yarn depending on what website you look at.

I originally started out trying to do the "unseamly sweater" from happy hooker. I checked my gauge (J-hook), but apparently didn't do it well enough, since I was halfway up the back piece before I realized that I was making a dress, not a sweater. When I rechecked my gauge again, it was fine horizontally, but long vertically (?!?). Unfortunately, I bought the yarn on sale (it was still expensive), so there's no returning it.  Undecided

Does anyone have a pattern out there for a sweater/tank that uses a bulky yarn, around 640 yards and would fit a size small? I've looked and looked and am at my wit's end--most shirts or tanks use a DK or a worsted that is lighter than this yarn, and I'm sick of making scarves, shawls and hats. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006 05:58:57 AM »

There is a really cute sweater--I think it's called an Aran Sweater--in a Family Circle Crochet book that calls for worsted weight.  And what about the short and sweet shrug in the happy hooker?  That calls for worsted weight.  You can also play around with your hook size to see if going down to an I hook helps with the gauge.  If I think of anything else, I'll let you know!  Try CrochetPatternCentral.com for lots and lots of patterns (not all cute, but some are).
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2006 09:43:49 AM »

I'm making the Open Fan Cardigan in Interweave Crochet's January 2005 issue. I bought four balls of...gah, the name escapes me--something by Lion--last year for half price, and hadn't found anything I wanted to do with it. I'm not a fan of scarves--it doesn't exactly get cold where I live--and there isn't enough for a proper sweater, so....
I tried to find a pic of the cardigan on Interweave's site, but no luck.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2006 09:49:44 AM »

I actually found something else.  On coatsandclark.com, there is a Crochet Tie Front Top.  It's a sweater that ties in the front--I think it's really cute and for a size small, it takes 581 yards of bulky yarn.  I'm actually going to make it for my mom for Christmas, but not in the "furry" type yarn that they recommend.
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