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Re: How to check gauge when substituting to a finer yarn?
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: March 18, 2009 12:03PM

First off, do you like the fabric of your gauge swatch? If not, you need to do more swatching.

If you like the fabric you have created with your particular gauge you need to ask some questions about why you are attracted to a particular pattern. Is it the shape of the item? Is it the apparent "look" of the item? Is it the stitch patterning?

If it is a matter of the shape, you could use your finer yarn to recreate that shape. Generally speaking, if your stitch gauge is half of what is called for in the pattern you may need to double the number of stitches. Also, heavier weight yarn is thicker so if there is any ease or extra width built in or subtracted for the fit of a garment, you need to decide how much ease you want with your finer yarn which is narrower. In planning for ease, you need to take into account the amount of space the yarn itself occupies -- just think how much bigger a stuffed down coat is a cloth coat to fit the same person. You should also compare your row gauge with the pattern row gauge to give you an approximate idea of how many more rows you will need to knit to achieve the particular length. If there are increases and decreases you will need to do the math to calculate how many you need to do, and how often, so that you have the shaping occur at the same area. As you can see from just these preliminary questions, you might be better off searching for a pattern of the shape you want designed for your finer yarn if you are not willing to do the calculations yourself.

If it is a matter of the overall look of the item, working it up in finer yarn will change the look. How dramatic the look will be depends upon the original yarn/yarn weight compared to the yarn you are using. Finer yarn generally tends to have more "drape" than heavier yarn because you are creating a finer fabric. To give you an idea of what I mean, if you had a 12-inch square pillow and a 12-inch square handkerchief, they are both the same size but the pillow has no drape whereas the handkerchief will be very drapey.

If it is the stitch pattern that intrigues you, such a tremendous difference in gauge will affect how that stitch pattern will appear, again affect the "look" of your finished piece.

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  How to check gauge when substituting to a finer yarn? pgarcia524 03/17/2009 09:14PM
  Re: How to check gauge when substituting to a finer yarn? Sally J 03/17/2009 10:14PM
  Re: How to check gauge when substituting to a finer yarn? KT 03/18/2009 12:03PM

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