Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pattern Help...

This is the Landscape Shawl by Evelyn Clark. I'm using Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb yarn in the colorway Wild Purls. I thought it was worsted weight and so preceded to check my gauge for that. Well, it is aran weight....is aran weight worsted or dk? My next boo boo is I did the gauge swatch in stockinette because that is what most do it in.....well read the pattern last night and suddenly saw that it said to do the gauge in garter st. What fun reading those little bumps...I have 14sts to 4in.....that is the gauge for dk weight in the pattern, for the worsted version its 12st to 4 in. Sooooo do I frog it and do the pattern in the dk version or just continue on in the worsted weight version.....in the end on the worsted weight I'll end up with 184 sts whereas with the dk version I'd end up with 204. I'm stuck.....I know its a shawl and all but I'm wanting to use up the yarn the best way plus I don't want to run out which with either way I go I shouldn't because I bought enough yardage. Have I totally confused you? I've totally confused myself with this! I shouldn't have found that little blurb in the pattern about the gauge and I'd still be knitting merrily away! Let me know what ya'll think!!!

4 comments:

KnittySue said...

I think it looks great just like it is...I have a yarn similar to that and have been waiting for a good pattern idea to get it to the needles..I think you just found it for me.

Jennifer said...

Aran is bulkier than worsted but just slightly.. it's usually 4.5 stitches per inch where worsted is 5 spi. Knitting is personal :) If you like the fabric you're getting then GO FOR IT ! ;)

Dawn said...

I've used Lion & Lamb and thought it was pretty much close to worsted, not a huge difference there. I always picture Aran as heavier but some vary like everything else.

Just handle with care, it does pill some but it's like BUTTAH to knit with!!!

Channon said...

Worsted and aran weights are VERY close, but you've already gotten that advice. What I love about shawls and lace is that gauge isn't terribly important, as long as you like the drape and texture of the fabric you're making.