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Topic: Lace Knitting and Yarn Yardage  (Read 394 times)
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JoHunter
« on: March 19, 2007 02:48:04 PM »

My brain isn't working today, I want to knit something in lace but I think the yardage for my yarn is going to be a bit tight.  Will I save yarn by knitting with slightly larger needles or slightly smaller?  Stupid question I know, but thank you anyways.
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djinnj
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2007 03:00:17 PM »

Depends.  If you're knitting to target dimensions, then generally larger.  If you're knitting to target numbers of stitches and rows, then generally smaller. 

Keep in mind the difference in appearance the gauge will make as well, though.  Just because your yarn goes farther doesn't mean it looks good at that gauge.
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JoHunter
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2007 03:25:07 PM »

Sorry I should have been more specific, it is for a shawl so it'll be to a set number of stitches.  I'll still swatch to make sure it doesn't look horrible but gauge isn't a huge concern. 
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honeydew
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2007 03:42:17 PM »

I have a similar question, heh. 

I'm using a sport weight yarn instead of laceweight, and I'm using 3mm needles instead of 3.75mm needles. My gauge is a bit tighter than the gauge for the pattern, though I don't really understand how a rectangular stockinette gauge is predictive for a shawl that is knit triangularly with only minimal stockinette.  Will my result turn out bigger or smaller than the pattern?

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djinnj
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2007 03:47:00 PM »

Gauge will by necessity change the size of the finished piece.  It doesn't matter what size yarn or needles you use, size is dependent on gauge and number of stitches and rows worked. 

Yarn weight will affect how the fabric will look and drape, of course, but actual size of the piece depends on gauge.  So, if your gauge has more stitches and rows per inch than that of the pattern, even if it's thicker yarn it will still end up smaller.

Gauge is often given in stockinette because it can be difficult to measure gauge in pattern. 
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