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Converting crochet pattern from Aran to DK( Worsted to Sport )
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May 29, 2013 06:20:01   #
alysonclark
 
Have any of you ever done this ?
The pattern I am using at the moment is aran ,but I have seen some lovely double knitting yarn and would like to make the same item in it .The thing is I want it to turn out the same size ,I know this means more stitches and rows ,is there a formula to follow .
I know with the aran there are 4 stitches to the inch ,is it a case of just working out how many stitches to the inch in dk and multiplying it ?

Thanks in advance for any help .
 
May 29, 2013 06:40:49   #
bagibird
 
I hope someone has a formula, because I would really like to know the answer!! I find loads of lovely US patterns which use worsted weight, but DK is far more popular (and cheaper) here in UK, so I spend ages trying to work out stitches to the inch, swatching with larger hooks, etc.Sometimes I make the next size up to see if that will work. All a bit hit and miss! Watching with baited breath...
May 29, 2013 10:58:47   #
Cathryn 2ed (a regular here)
 
In the US dk varies in size with the manufacturer. What about two strands of dk.
May 29, 2013 11:05:02   #
nissa
 
I'm not sure about others, but I'm going to add my own experience in hope it help. I'm working on a cardigan for my daughter, called 'budding beauty' and I wanted to use a lilac mix which came in dk weigth and the pattern is in worstead weight yarn, like your self I made a few swatches to find the inch per square that meets the pattern. In the end I found I reached the desired st count by using two strands of dk held together and going down a needle size by 1mm. I hope this helps.
May 29, 2013 11:15:02   #
bagibird
 
Cathryn 2ed wrote:
In the US dk varies in size with the manufacturer. What about two strands of dk.


I think Cathryn is right. DK varies quite a bit between manufacturers. I've used 2 strands of DK which has worked up as equivalent to chunky, and have also used one strand DK with one 4 ply, which has worked up as close to Aran.

Going down a size in needles or hooks is a good idea, but I think it depends on whether the garment needs to drape. I think I'm convincing myself that half a dozen trial swatches are inevitable :-(
May 29, 2013 12:24:02   #
trish2222 (a regular here)
 
You'll have to do swatch/es, I'm afraid. I constantly use different thicknesses for projects and this is the best way round it. Hardly any different manufacturer's aran weights will knit up with the same gauge. The same with DK. So do a swatch with your dk and calculate the number of stitches. Tedious, but necessary. :roll:
 
          
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