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« on: October 01, 2006 06:23:11 PM »

hey all. for those who have made Knitty's Broad Street Mittens or who can read a pattern better than I can, what weight of yarn does the original pattern call for? This is what it says:

 "Approximately 300-350 yds of sock-weight wool. Merino is nice.
 5 US#2/2.75mm double pointed needles
 5 US#3/3.25mm dpns
 yarn needle

Editor's note: Janis spun the yarn for this project herself. She suggests 6-ply Regia as an alternate. It and other options can be obtained at Patternworks."

I have not made socks, but through deduction I figured out the sock weight is usually Fingering weight or 1 ply. Am I right?

However, the suggested yarn (which I couldn't find at Patternworks. must be and old link) says it is 6-ply which I believe is extremely bulky.

Anyone have any hints? I know I still have to do a guage swatch, but being as I've never made gloves before I'd like to stay as close to the original pattern as possible. (I'm aware there were errors to the pattern, I'm on the lookout for those).

Thanks for any help!
Steph

ETA: I looked on other threads about these same mittens, but I couldn't figure out what yarns they used and wasn't sure they'd get checked because they were from last year.
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2006 07:20:47 PM »

I don't think 6 ply is referring to weight on that one, rather, the amount of plies.
I've been wanting to make soem of those for myself. My hands were freezing one morning. I've been trying to find a good yarn for them too. I want a wool, those others just don't keep my hands warm. I've been trying to look up yarns by needle size. I'm worried that they will be too large. I have small hands with long fingers. I wear a size 5 ring, and with storebought gloves my nails poke through the ends. I know I can adjust the length, but I'm afraid they will be too wide.
Good luck on your yarn search.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2006 08:32:47 PM »

Y'know, I made these w/Woolease, and I did have to go down a needle size I believe (I made them abt 2 yrs ago), so I was knitting the woolease very tightly to fit the hands of the recipient, and they turned out really, really great.  Super dense, super warm, they've served  him well two years now.
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2006 10:11:01 AM »

woolease, thanks so much for the suggestion! i thought it'd be ok to use worsted weight, but i'm really bad at yarn substitutions.

i'm making them for my boyfriend so hopefully i won't have to frog it a whole bunch of times to get the fit right.

thanks for the replies.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2006 11:17:04 AM »

I made mine for a guy too, which was another benefit of the woolease--larger sized gloves in the end.

Are these a surprise gift?  If not I highly suggest putting them on scrap yarn occasionally to test the fit.  Particularly like when you're making the palm/thumb gusset part to make sure that area fits well.

Another thing I did was to sew leather patches onto the palms.  Makes it easier to do things like drive, open doors, without your hands slipping!
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2006 01:25:03 PM »

Woolease doesn't seem like it would substitute all that well, but seeing as you are making them for a guy, its ok I guess. Worsted seems alot thicker than sock yarn, and bigger needles. *shrug* I'm still on a hunt for my yarn
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2006 02:20:34 PM »

It is a lot thicker, and requires a little fidgeting to get it to work out, but they did work indeed and they're very dense.
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2006 02:31:17 PM »

I don't think 6 ply is referring to weight on that one, rather, the amount of plies.

Keep in mind also that plies really don't have anything to do with the actual weight of the wool.  Some lace-weight yarns are 3 or 4 ply, while some really bulky yarns are only 2 ply. 

I do second the idea of using a slightly heavier yarn, but knitting it more densely to get guage.  Frankly, if I used sock yarn and size 2 and 3 needles those gloves wouldn't keep my hands warm at all!  (I use size 1s with sock yarn for socks...size 3s would leave gaping holes for me!)

Just experiment until you find a yarn that makes a fabric you're happy with!
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2006 02:48:49 PM »

I was able to snag a few pics of the gloves.  They're a bit big on me but fit the guy (my BF) perfectly.  Perhaps this will give you a better visualization of the fabric you end up with when you use worsted on such tiny needles. 


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