Adjusting Yarn Weight

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Adjusting Yarn Weight

Ever wanted to follow a pattern but use a different weight yarn than listed? There are a couple of ways to approach this dilemma. One is to make a gauge swatch using the desired yarn and then adjust the number of stitches in the pattern according to the outcome of the swatch. Another is to double up finer yarn to create the weight of yarn called for in the pattern. A rule of thumb is 2 strands of a fingering yarn will make 1 strand of a sport weight yarn; 2 strands of a sport weight yarn will equal 1 strand of a worsted weight yarn; and 1 strand of a worsted weight yarn coupled with either a fingering yarn or a sport yarn will yield a bulky weight yarn. Here too, you are going to want to make that gauge swatch to be sure that your stitches are matching the measurements provided in the pattern.



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