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starlight1221
« on: November 15, 2007 07:40:42 AM »

When I become president, I'm going to make a law standardizing certain words for certain weights of yarn. 

If I were to want to make a pair of socks from Knitpicks yarn, which weight should I use?  They have the options of carrying weight, lace weight, and fingering weight. 

Specifically I want to make Knitty's Clessidra, which calls for regina silk on sz 1's.  But I'd like to modify the pattern to make them on sz 2 or 3's, because I'm not the most patient person in the world. 

Thanks for any help! Smiley 
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cranberry
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007 08:58:31 AM »

When I become president, I'm going to make a law standardizing certain words for certain weights of yarn. 

If I were to want to make a pair of socks from Knitpicks yarn, which weight should I use?  They have the options of carrying weight, lace weight, and fingering weight. 

Specifically I want to make Knitty's Clessidra, which calls for regina silk on sz 1's.  But I'd like to modify the pattern to make them on sz 2 or 3's, because I'm not the most patient person in the world. 

Thanks for any help! Smiley 

fingering weight is for socks.

Lace weight - for well, lacey stuff. I won't even put stitch and row counts here, because who checks gauge for lace?
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starlight1221
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2007 10:02:02 AM »

Thank you!
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vickilicious
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 07:34:04 PM »

For what it's worth, I think Gloss would be a wonderful yarn for those because it feels so nice against the skin and has just enough silk for a subtle sheen and luxurious look. (I'm a little obsessed with it right now).

The burgundy is actually pretty close in color to the suggested yarn, but really you can't go wrong with any of them. If you're a member of Ravelry, you might want to look at the colors on there, as the Knit Picks ones are quite a bit off on their website.

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eatyerhartout
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2007 04:42:49 PM »

I'd look at the gauge required by the pattern you want to use and the guage recommended for the different yarns.This chart may help, too.
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stripey_cat
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2007 07:41:22 AM »

Socks can be awkward, because you often knit at a tighter-than-ball-band tension to get a stonger fabric.  Check the yarn specified in the pattern against the manufacture's page to make sure you get the right weight (depending on needles, I can get anything between 7/" and 10/" with normal four-ply/fingering sock yarn, which would be listed as 7/"; and they can all be OK for socks, depending on the effect I want).

Also, make sure you buy a sock yarn!  I know that sounds dumb, but a lot of 4-ply is for baby clothes or ladies' best, and won't wear at all well as socks.  Sock yarns will normally have something like nylon, silk or mohair for strength, and should be fairly tightly spun (especially if softer wools like merino).
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