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« on: March 04, 2006 01:23:42 PM »

I'm not too knowledgeable (understatement!) about using cotton and apparently the ladies at my Joannes (closest LYS is pretty far, I usually buy online or there) aren't either...after an hour of bumbling about I got pushed into buying that crap that people chrochet doilies with and it looked aweful when I tried to start the hat.

Anyways, Rowan Calmer + shipping is a bit more than I'd like to spend on a hat (I'm cheap!), so what's a brand that'd be suitable for Shedir?  I tried searching and didn't really find anything.

Thank you!

edit:  http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420140/yarn_display.aspx  Would this work?  The weight is a lot different (75 yards/50 gram ball versus Rowan's 175 yards/50 gram ball), but the gauge is the same.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2006 01:53:07 PM »

Look for a DK weight yarn (21-23 sts over 4") that is  a bit stretchy...  just pull a strand out and see if it stretches a bit.

If it has any of the following in its content it may work: Microfiber, elastic, elite, acrylic.

I don't know what to suggest as for exact yarns, because I don't know what is available at your LYS... hope this helps to point you in the right direction tho!


« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006 04:35:27 PM »

You could do this hat in a yarn that gets a larger guage if you are willing to mess with the pattern a bit.  I did this pattern last year in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.  All I did was eliminate one repeat of the cable pattern.
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2006 04:53:22 PM »

Lion Brand microspun is about dk wieght... It comes in some great colors and is very soft.
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2006 07:21:53 AM »

I was planning to use some Schoeller Stahl Merino stretch I bought from Elann myself. The gauge seems to work and the lycra/elit in the yarn will make stretchy enough I hope.

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2006 07:52:25 AM »

Knitpicks Wool of the Andes works beautifully for Shedir. I made shedir using WOTA in Mulled wine. Knitpicks claims WOTA is worsted, but it's really more like a light worsted/dk weight.

« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2006 08:30:56 PM »

Is there a gauge given on the shedir pattern?
Use whatever yarn you have, and keep adding strands or changing yarn (and needle size) until you get the gauge specified.

At least that's what I would do - not that it often works out for me.
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2006 10:52:21 PM »


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