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« on: October 07, 2005 07:58:01 PM »

Hi Craftsters!

I am looking for a chart that will tell me what gauge I will get if I hold two strands of a certain weight yarn together. For example: 2 strands of DK weight yarn equals ____ weight. Or, 2 strands of yarn that gets 20 stitches to the inch will give a gauge of _____ stitches per inch.

Has anyone seen a comprehensive list like this?

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005 01:01:12 AM »

knitty gritty did a bit on this (combining yarns was the title of the show, I think).  the guideline they gave was to add the size of the recommended needle in mm together and then pick a needle size close to that.  so for example:

Lion Brand fun Fur recommends: 6.5mm needles.
Lion Brand Woolease Thick and quick recommends: 9mm
Together that's 15.5 mm or about a size 19 (15mm).

Does that help?

~amey
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2005 06:42:34 PM »

That helps, but I was thinking more about gauge. I wanted to know what gauge two worsted strands would give, two dk strands, two lace weight strands, etc. I'm more interested in gauge than needle size, but thanks anyway Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2005 10:49:32 PM »

You might ask the folks at Wise Needle, or you could just knit up some swatches....
http://www.wiseneedle.com/
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2005 08:01:08 PM »

Something like this question just came up on the Knitlist, and the suggestion was that Ann Budd's book of sweater patterns contains an extensive table of the yardage needed for different weights of yarn for a number of styles of sweaters.

I wonder if this would be helpful...
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2005 02:54:19 PM »

I'll have to check that out. Thanks!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2005 01:57:01 PM »

usually if you double a weight of yarn you end up at the next category.  bulky is doubled worsted, worsted is twice dk or sport (depending on the chart you look at and the gauge), sport is two times as heavier than fingering etc...

of course you still have to swatch to figure out the exact gauge but this usually works.  for my osw, I doubled blue sky alpaca and knit with US 8's and got the exact gauge (which was worsted)
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2005 06:13:21 PM »

That's interesting. What about if I need Aran gauge, like 18 sts per 4 inches. Do you think doubling worsted would work, or doubling light worsted? I'm mostly trying to compile a list for myself, it's not really for a project right now.
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2005 06:43:23 PM »

to get aran I would most likely try 2 sports or 2 light worsted
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2005 03:51:32 PM »

How does doubling the yarn work out for complex stitch patterns, like cables?  Just wondering...  I know there's a cable sweater in the current Vogue Knitting that features this technique, but if I recall, the second yarn was kid silk haze, which might as well not be there...
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