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« on: October 17, 2007 04:48:18 AM »

So, I've been pondering about this for a while:

If there's a shawl pattern that calls for, say, 450 yds of lace weight yarn, how much worsted (or dk) weight yarn would I need for the same pattern? I know (and possibly want) that the shawl/stole will be bigger with a heavier yarn, but I'm thinking I'd need more yardage than called for in the lace weight....?

I'm just wondering about stash usage and want to sub some 'heavier' yarn for a few of patterns...

« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2007 07:52:42 AM »

If you knit with a larger needle you might not need more yardage. Larger needle equals less stitches per inch, so less stitches overall which would make up the difference in the amount of yarn each stitch needs. Try a sample if you have some thinner yarn, measure out 10 yards and knit it up into something like a swatch. Take the same amount of worsted and larger needles, use the same number of stitches, then compare the size of the two swatches.

« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007 09:36:19 AM »

here's the yardage requirements for the lace leaf shawl from fiber trends, in two sizes and four weights:

Lace wt: small-650 yds (594m); large-1175 yds (1074m).
Fingering: small-600 yds (548m); large-1100 yds (1005m).
Sport: small-550 yds (503m); large-1000 yds (914m).
DK small-450 yds (411m); large-850 yds (777m).

you actually need less yardage (but more weight) as the yarn gets fatter.

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 09:56:05 AM »

AHA! I was thinking along the lines of what both of you said here, but at the time my brain was a little scrambled (therefore needing to confirm this)...hehe. And I will, of course, be knitting the worsted on larger needles (or else I think I'd go insane...lol). I did do a swatch of a cabled lace pattern, which turned out pretty good - yay!

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