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« on: February 22, 2006 12:11:59 PM »

I tried hard to find it on internet but to no avail and my head hurts from the numbers.

So can anyone help?

I have a super lovely pattern I would like to knit - its a cable jumper.
The wool stated in the pattern is called Sirdar Pullman and the needle sizes are 5 1/2 mm and 6 1/2mm.

The tension gauge (which causes me the most pain) goes like this:
"15 stitches (one pattern) to 7.5cm; 14 rows (one pattern) to 8cm; 14 stitches to 10cm over stocking stitch"


Anyway maybe some one could help me out please? What the %$&* does that all mean and any suggestions for subs?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2006 12:47:03 PM »

Ok, so generally gauge/tension is listed either over stockinette/stocking stitch or over a pattern stitch.  Lucky you, it looks like you've got both!
Now, to find a yarn sub, you're looking for something that gets 14 sts to 10cm/4in (which needles, though?).  So that's where you start.  Once you've got a yarn that works for that gauge, you can try it out in the pattern stitches and see if it still works (it should, if it works for the stockinette).

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2006 01:07:21 PM »

Ok, I looked up Sirdar Pullman.  It is a chunky weight.  So then, for comparison's sake, I looked up Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, and it gets 14st to 4 inches on size 6.5mm needles.  (That's a 10 1/2 US.)  So, it looks like a yarn about the same weight as Wool-Ease Chunky would be perfect.  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006 09:28:27 AM »

yeah! thank you both for your help.
This sweater will be mine!!!
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