Which yarn should I use

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Which yarn should I use

Postby sunshine12 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:41 pm

Hello,
I've found a beautiful pattern in 'Purl Soho'. It's called 'Two-Color Cotton Cowl'. It's knit in 'Purl Soho Cotton Pure 100% Pima Cotton'. It's knit on US. 4 and 6 needles and says it's a sport weight yarn, whatever that is.

My question is what yarn do I get here to match that. I love knitting but I haven't a clue about yarn.

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby Joy » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:59 pm

Sports weight yarn is equivalent to a light DK in the UK techiniqually it's between 4ply and DK but most subs would nudge towards DK
To the best of my understanding Pima cotton is a soft cotton rather than a mercerised high twist cotton. There's quite a few commercially available in UK I'm sure you could order something online. I'm good that helps.

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby sunshine12 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:39 pm

Thank you Joy, l will have a look online

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby darknit » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:01 pm

Hi Sunshine

It can be useful to check the ball band information of the yarn required on the pattern - you can usually find that unless the yarn has been long discontinued. On there it will (or should) give gauge as well as needle size. You can then check if the yarn you fancy matches up.

Hope that helps

Kate

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby sunshine12 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:48 pm

Thanks Kate, that's a good idea

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby Lilyan » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:47 pm

Hello sunshine12,

This link for substitute yarns may be useful:
http://yarnsub.com/yarns/purl_soho/cotton_pure

You may also wish to look on Ravelry to see what yarn other knitters have used for this project:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library ... owl/people

Let us know what you decide to use.

Lilyan

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby sunshine12 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:51 pm

Thanks Lilyan that's very helpful.

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby sunshine12 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:08 pm

I got these today as suggested by the lady in the yarn store but looking at them now they seem to be of different thickness, what do you guys think. The blue is definitely fatter than the cream.

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby sunshine12 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:04 am

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Re: Which yarn should I use

Postby Joy » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:27 am

I've compared both yarns on the Ravelry database and the king Cole is 209m/100g and the Tivoli is 210/100g so although they do look different, I agree the blue looks fatter, I don't think I'd worry too much.

https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/k ... cottonsoft
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/tivoli-cruise-dk

You could always try a small swatch of each colour. Cast on 20 stitches and knit 20 rows in one colour then do the second colour, I'm lazy and would just continue for 20 rows in second colour rather than cast off and cast on again.

Plus the pattern you have chosen is a cowl which is not size critical. Using DK rather than sportsweight your cowl will be slightly bigger than the using the suggested yarn. If this bothers you you could always cast on fewer stitches, perhaps 210 instead of 230, but that's a guess without seeing the yarn in action, so please use your own judgement.

Have you knitted in the round before? I would struggle to join 230st without twisting. my trick would be to knit the first row then join as it gives you something a little more stable to see the twists. You could knit a few rows because the pattern calls for 6 rows of stockinette st. Just remember that knitting in the round would be all knit st but knitting back and forth would be knit one row purl one row. Apologies if you know this already.

And finally, I love your colour choices. It's going to be a lovely project.


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