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bethanyjoyce
« on: September 08, 2010 02:05:43 PM »

I was just given three balls of this stuff and I'm baffled as to how to use it:





It's Schewe Opalino, and there are no projects on ravelry that use it and nothing on the internets about it. I assume its long discontinued. It is a blend of 70% polyester and 30% mercerized Egyptian cotton, a blend that does not seem that common. I'm not good at judging the weight of yarns by sight but it seems to take size 3-4 needles (I assume 3 to 4 mm since it is from Italy). Each ball is 50 grams and 110 meters.

As you can kinda tell from the pick it is a lovely blue color (mostly medium blue with a few strands of light blue mixed in) and has a sheen to it. I am tired of starting projects only to realize partway thought that the yarn I substituted is just not going to work. I want to make something good with this!


Any suggestions for what I might knit with this? Patterns I might use? Similar types of yarn that might give me some idea of how to knit with it!

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nastij
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010 05:02:23 PM »

the material does not seem to be that uncommon - here is another example:
https://www.iceyarns.com/orange-yellow-cream-mesh_i22430.html

One guide I have seen to figuring out what size needles to use says to find the smallest hole a doubled strand of the yarn will slide thru on a needle sizer, then swatch to find out gauge, then use it in an appropriate pattern.   If you tell Ravelry's pattern search that you have 360 yds of worsted weight yarn and you want a free pattern, you will get 8 choices.
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soozeq
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010 07:19:33 PM »

A 3-4mm would be US size 4-6, so that ought to be a sport to dk weight. They don't use weights in Europe, just go by the thickness of the yarn and the needles. Polyester is a synthetic, so this would be similar to an acrylic/cotton blend. You could make a smallish shawl for cooler evenings or A/C, or wide scarf for an accessory. If you use a lacey pattern you can use much larger needles, like an 8 or 9 and that stretches out the yardage a lot.
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bethanyjoyce
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010 08:13:11 PM »

Nastij, I did come across that yarn in the link, but the mesh texture is so different from the lustrous mercerized cotton that I don't think  patterns will that yarn will look at all right with it.

soozeq, I think a small shawl might be the way to go  Smiley I've never made one but maybe I'll swatch it and see if I think I like it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010 08:18:39 AM »

Nastij, I did come across that yarn in the link, but the mesh texture is so different from the lustrous mercerized cotton that I don't think  patterns will that yarn will look at all right with it.

soozeq, I think a small shawl might be the way to go  Smiley I've never made one but maybe I'll swatch it and see if I think I like it.

I think a shawlette would be nice with this yarn.  You could also try a top down raglan pattern, maybe a lacy tank or camisole?  This way you could just knit until you run out of yarn...if it is a lacy pattern, you should get more mileage out of the yarn.  Possibly also some warm weather fingerless mitts/gloves?
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010 08:32:49 PM »

You could make a lacy scarf with it. I made this scarf out of a worsted weight yarn and it looked pretty neat.
http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Fishtail_Lace_Scarf_Pattern__D50481221.html

I have a similar problem like you. I'll substitue a yarn and half way through the project realize it's way off from what the item should look like. But then again I'm also really bad with gauge because i'm too lazy to make swatches, I'd rather just start knitting and hope the item fits me.
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