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« on: January 06, 2007 02:44:47 PM »

Hi,

This may be a slightly long and rambling question, Roll Eyes so if it's not clear, please let me know.

I have a pattern from this months Knit Today (a UK based magazine). For anyone who has access to it, the pattern is for Sexxxxy Legs, which are basically lace-up leg warmers.

No gauge is given in the pattern as, and I quote, 'they are designed to stretch to fit'. The recommended wool is RY Classic Cashsoft Aran on size 5mm/US8 needles. This wool normally takes size 4.5/US7. By coincidence, I had bought some RY Classic Cashcotton DK on sale earlier the same day, so I want to use this. The Cashcotton DK normally takes size 4mm/US6.

Now, as gauge shouldn't be an issue I'm not too worried, but I don't want to start then realise they are too small then having to start again, I was wondering if I should decrease the needle size to 4.5mm/US7. Or will this make them too small too? Huh

Any help gratefully appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007 04:33:31 PM »

If you have the yarn the pattern calls for, I'd use the needles the pattern recommends.  You can really use any needles with any yarn, of course, no matter what the yarn label recommends, but if the pattern was originally written to work best with a size different than what the yarn label recommends, then I'd go with the pattern.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2007 05:11:59 PM »

Thanks for your quick reply.

It would seem i haven't quite explained myself properly!

I don't actually have the wool the pattern calls for - same brand but DK not Aran  (the pattern requires Aran). So should I use the needles in the pattern (although the wool I want to use is thinner) or should I use smaller needles because the wool is thinner?

I really hope this makes a bit more sense. It's very hard to explain what I mean!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007 05:30:53 PM »

Knit up a sample with the needles you have and see if you like the results.

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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2007 05:33:41 PM »

Oh!  You explained yourself perfectly well, I just didn't read it properly.  Do what soozeq said.  Cheesy  DK and Aran are different enough that even using the larger needles you may wind up with something too small.  I'd just run a test swatch.  Or consider maybe using double-strands of your DK weight.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2007 05:41:21 PM »

Doesn't using two strands of DK make aran weight anyway? Or does it make a worsted weight...? I can't remember.

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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2007 05:58:02 PM »

Yeah, I think roughly aran weight.  As long as the issue is that you just happen to have DK and not that you especially want a finer gauge, then doubling up the strands and using the needle size in the pattern would effectively solve the problem.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2007 07:20:09 AM »

Thank you! I will try with two strands held together. I was fairly sure it would be too small but wanted the opinion of people more experienced than me  Cheesy

I'll probably start them later today and will post up when finished!

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