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If I combine 2 lace weight yarns, will that be the same as fingering weight?
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Feb 3, 2013 17:08:39   #
sanaylor
 
I have some lace weight yarn and wondered if I held another lace weight yarn with it, would that be the same as a fingering weight yarn?
 
Feb 3, 2013 17:11:05   #
Pumpkin007
 
You could knit a swatch and check the gauge to find out.
Feb 3, 2013 17:34:33   #
thegrape
 
That's what I would do also. There are different weights of lace even, so two strands of lace weight would not necessarily equal a fingering weight
Feb 4, 2013 08:26:34   #
dragonflylace (a regular here)
 
thegrape wrote:
That's what I would do also. There are different weights of lace even, so two strands of lace weight would not necessarily equal a fingering weight


This is true...there are some laceweight yarns that are only 1-ply..they are called cobweb weight. Some of the Haapsalu shawls are knitted with this weight.

I have a lot of laceweight yarn from Knitpicks (2-ply) and if I put two strands together, they are still slightly less that one of my fingering weight yarns.

Another problem is the definition of laceweight and fingering weight. These differ from country to country and from manufacturer to manufacturer....for instance: two strands of Paton's Lace together will make 1 strand of fingering weight from the Supersock store..

This message didn't really help in an actual answer, but it is the best I can think of right now.

Could you post of picture of your yarn with a ruler...then we all might be able to see what you want to do and maybe together we can get a better answer?
Feb 4, 2013 10:49:34   #
denisejh
 
Sharon-Here are a couple links that might help you but keep in mind, these are only "general" directions. If you mix yarns to get the needed weight, you really need to test swatch, as advised above. Denise http://jo2308.typepad.com/blissedoutknitting/2007/07/combining-knitt.html
Feb 4, 2013 10:55:11   #
denisejh
 
Oops! Forgot to add the other link. Here it is. Denise http://www.wonderful-things.com/tips.htm
 
Feb 4, 2013 16:41:03   #
YasminaB
 
I purchased a one ply silk yarn not realizing what it is. Now I am wondering if I should buy another light yarn, like 3 ply or something and knit the two together probably twisting the silk around. Do you think that it would work? Thanks YasminaB
Feb 4, 2013 20:03:19   #
sanaylor
 
sanaylor wrote:
I have some lace weight yarn and wondered if I held another lace weight yarn with it, would that be the same as a fingering weight yarn?


Thanks for all your replies. I have 950 yards of Madelinetosh Tosh Lace in Scarlet (red). I was thinking about buying another ball of the same weight and was hoping that it would be fairly close to fingering weight.

I was also wondering what color you all think I should combine with the red. I was wanting something subtle not too contrasting. Any suggestions?
Feb 5, 2013 20:24:14   #
sanchezs (a regular here)
 
You can go to WEBS or Jimmy Beans and plug in your yarn weight and it will give you the number of stitches for that weight.
I worked in a yarn shop and worsted was 16 over 4, Bulky was about 9-11 over 4. Aran weight was 18- 19 over 4, Sport/DK 20-24 all within a stitch either way.
 
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