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« on: September 23, 2009 05:52:11 AM »

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I wonder if you can help me with my February Lady Sweater.  I haven't even cast on yet.  The pattern calls for 18 sts to 4" on 5.0mm needles.  However, I got 18 sts to 4" on 4.5mm needles with the yarn I am using (acrylic aran).  I have been trying out the lace pattern in a swatch, but it doesn't look right.  Am I doing something wrong?

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009 07:09:27 AM »

Typically as long as you get gauge over the right stitch pattern, the size of needle you are using shouldn't matter.  If your lace pattern doesn't look correct, it may be because you haven't made a large enough swatch yet, or because in order to look right it will need to be blocked (which will be hard to do with acrylic yarn) or you might actually be messing up the pattern.  It's hard to say.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009 07:37:41 AM »

The needles used in a pattern are just a suggestion, you may knit a little looser than the designer, so will need smaller needles to get the same gauge. Cast on about 30 sts and make 4 repeats of the lace pattern (with an extra edge st on each end of the row). Knit about 6", then wash and block the sample and see how the lace looks.

You could also just knit the top with the 4.5mm, then switch to the 5mm for the lace, but without making the YO increases on the row before you start the lace, so the body won't be too big.

« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2009 01:47:37 PM »

I have been working on this sweater off and on for the last few months. in order to see the lace pattern you need to do at least eight repeats. I screwed up the lace twice because I wasn't paying attention and had to frog back. Good luck.
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