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« on: September 06, 2007 05:36:49 PM »


I'd like to make this pattern (the cardigan)


Firstly, I'm a fairly new crocheter, so, is this insanely difficult, or is it manageable if my stitches are even?

Secondly, what yarn should I use?

54% Egyptian cotton, 46% viscose, 50 g./110 m./120 yards
300-350-350-400-450 gr nr 17, beige

I'm a total yarn newbie and in Australia, so I don't know what to buy. Last time I checked the yarn alternatives page worked but its not now. I realise that I need 6-7-8-9-10 balls of 50g each. How thick and can I use wool?

Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007 11:07:56 PM »

Just because you're new to crochet, it doesn't mean you can't crochet that. Just take the stitches and rows step-by-step and you'll do just fine! Smiley

As for the yarn...Huh

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 03:51:27 AM »

Given it says use a 3.5mm hook I'd hazard a guess that it would use 5 ply, or possibly even a DK/fine 8 ply wool.

If you can follow a pattern , I don't see why you couldn't do this.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 03:56:39 AM »

Go for it, it looks as though you use basic stitches for this pattern, just make sure you keep a note of where you are in the pattern it looks like it will take a faily long time to make, but it definitely looks worth it. If you get stuck you know where we all are Wink

As for the yarn, I <3 yarndex!
Here's the info page I found on the cotton-viscose yarn. It says it's a DK weight, not sure how many plys this translates to for AUS weight system.

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2007 04:21:05 PM »

Thanks for that cool website. I have no DK weight so I will have to buy some. Off on the hunt.

« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007 04:19:34 PM »

You can use any yarn or thread that will give you the same gauge (which is based on 3.9 inches or 10 cm) they do have help on the page and it takes you to a list of where you can see that the hook used is an American size E hook.  Try making a gauge swatch and see what you come up with, you might be able to use something you allready have.

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007 02:20:29 PM »

The yarn substitution page doesn't always work.

Sadly, I can't use something I already have. My total stash consists of two balls of hand dyed I swapped on craftster for. Very nice but not enough to do a whole cardigan. The only yarn for sale in my town is cheap acrylic from the grocery store. And I only found that after a two week search.

I will have to mail order, so I want to make sure it is right first.
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007 06:01:14 PM »

The page with info on the American hook sizes also explains that Drops uses British English for their patterns when they are translated. Though this may not be a problem for you if you are in Australia. But I am not sure as I learned the American terms. lol!
I think you ought to try some acrylic yarn to see if it swatches up right at least then you'd know what thickness of yarn you need.

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