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 Post subject: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:03 am 
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can anyone explain to me really what this is, I've looked at the February Lady Sweater on Ravelry (as someone on here has posted it and it looks yummy) but it says Worsted weight yarn. What is it ????

What do we use as equivalent in the uk? Can I use DK wool ?


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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:10 am 
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Worsted is between DK and Aran. I've used Aran for Worsted and work out tension and needle size from tension square before I start. Lot's of online stores sell Worsted. Knits up really quick too!


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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:22 am 
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Thank you, so can I use DK instead as I've got a James Brett stonewash that would look lovely in that pattern?


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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:46 pm 
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The easiest way to find out is to do a tension swatch. Look on the pattern and it will say something like "17sts x 24 rows = 10x10cm" Then look at the ball band, if that says the same perfect, if not then you'll need to knit a little square to see if you can make it match.

So if you want to do 17x24 cast on 21 and do two rows of garter stitch then work only the start and end 2 sts in garter and the rest in whatever the pattern says (so if it says "in stocking stitch" do stocking stitch) for 26 rows then you can measure it. Generally you measure without stretching the swatch but if you're only a tiny bit under then giving it a little tug is acceptable (by tiny I mean half a stitch or less) if you're over then you'll need bigger needles.

I hope that makes sense.

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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:16 pm 
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CezzaW wrote:
Thank you, so can I use DK instead as I've got a James Brett stonewash that would look lovely in that pattern?

As the tension's 18 sts per 4"/10cm, you'd be better off using aran-weight yarn. The pattern calls for 5mm needles to get that tension/gauge and using DK might make it a bit floppy as a standard DK tension/gauge is 22sts per 4"/10cm.

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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:29 pm 
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thank you for your replies I will look for aran weight hmmmmmm now what colour ;) and does that mean I can go yarn shopping again !!!! ;) ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
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I've also noticed that many US patterns, especially for accessoruies(which I'm more likely to knit) do use 'worsted'.

Aran weight yarns are not so frequetly encountered in this country (thanks for the tip about buying online btw). Cygnet Yarns do an Aran, I think it's called Grousemoor, and it contains some wool and is reasonably priced.

I think Texere Yarns stock it, otherwise google the name (I haven't used it myself, but have heard it's good).

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 Post subject: Re: Worsted weight yarn
PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 1:40 pm 
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Alison h wrote:
I've also noticed that many US patterns, especially for accessoruies(which I'm more likely to knit) do use 'worsted'.

Aran weight yarns are not so frequetly encountered in this country (thanks for the tip about buying online btw). Cygnet Yarns do an Aran, I think it's called Grousemoor, and it contains some wool and is reasonably priced.

I think Texere Yarns stock it, otherwise google the name (I haven't used it myself, but have heard it's good).



Texere do indeed stock Cygnet Grousemoor, they also stock Troon Tweed in aran weight and their own airedale aran which is Bluefaced Leicester and a DREAM to knit and wear!

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