I am thinking of making a pattern from the book Knit 2 Together by Tracy
Ullman and Mel Clark. It's a cool-looking doctor bag style purse and the
stitch is a herringbone. The pattern uses Manos del Uruguay yarn, which I
simply cannot afford at $12.50 per skein because it calls for 7 skeins.
From what I can gather, Manos del Uruguay yarn calls for being knitted with
9 needles to get a gauge of 4 sts per inch. So this is a heavy worsted or
chunky yarn, right? Furthermore, the knitting pattern also indicates that
two strands are held together throughout the project, and they knit on 11
needles to get a gauge of 4 stitches per inch. (16 sts and 28 rows = 4").
Do you suppose that I could substitute a worsted weight yarn and just hold 2
or 3 strands of it together instead? I already have some nice worsted wool
in my stash. I always get so confused when it comes to substituting yarns.
I know it's not just a matter of getting the same gauge, but also the same
texture or hand of the knitted fabric for the finished project to be
Any suggestions or advice would be welcome! :-)
waiting to win the lottery so I can fill my house with expensive yarn and
- posted 13 years ago