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« on: December 28, 2007 08:55:18 AM »

I want to make these fingerless gloves (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/KidMerino-fingerless_gloves.html) which are done using Kid Merino, a laceweight yarn.  The pattern calls for 2 threads to be held together as you work through the pattern (which I can do, I just think it's a pain in the ---).  Since I plan on subsituting the yarn and just using 1 thread as I go, which weight should I use?  In other words, laceweight x 2 = ??  Should I use DK?  Sport Baby?

And yes, I realize that by not using 2 threads at the same time I can't do the color fade like shown, but that's okay with me.  Wink

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007 09:23:05 AM »

You would maybe need to use baby/fingering weight because of the needle size. Sport or DK would be too thick for size 2s, though the specs on the Kid Merino say that doubled would be DK. You'll have to knit up a sample to see how close you can come for the gauge.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007 09:31:11 AM »

You also sometimes see yarns that are "heavy laceweight" or "2ply" (as in twice a laceweight but half a "4ply" aka sock weight/fingering weight.) I'd sooner substitute with a laceweight and double it, but there are nifty heavy laceweight yarns out there.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007 09:34:15 AM »

You gotta consider the weight per foot.  Choose a yarn with the same number or ounces per foot or grams per meter as the two laceweight would have been (or within 10%).
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007 01:44:00 PM »

I'd try baby yarn, like Dale Baby Ull or something of similar weight. As long as you get 7.5 sts per inch like the pattern requires, you're good to go.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2007 10:03:11 PM »

Well, I have both laceweight and baby (even Baby Ull!) in my stash so I'll give them both a try and see how the different variations out.  Will keep you posted.  Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2007 11:02:32 PM »

I'm not certain if this will help you, but I decided to post it anyway: http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007 11:58:49 PM »

I'm not certain if this will help you, but I decided to post it anyway: http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html.

Haha, that's actually what I was using before I managed to confuse myself. Thanks, though!  Grin
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