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Jan 24, 2012 07:43:10   #
shannong
 
Hi

I want to make a large feather and fan hat free pattern on ravlery by Plymouth yarn. It calls for bulky yarn on size 10, needles.

I want to use worsted weight yarn. How do I convert needle size? Do I need to use a double strand? I tried googling it for a quick answer and didn't find a clear answer

Thanks

Shannon
 
Jan 24, 2012 09:15:26   #
RoxyCatlady (a regular here)
 
You might want to try searching at Ravelry for a hat pattern that is already designed in worsted weight yarn with feather and fan. Or, you could google for feather and fan free hat pattern and see what all come up. knitting pattern central is another option.

The problem with just converting, is that you either need to do the math to change the cast on numbers, or you need to keep knitting swatches with different needles and single or double strands until you match the gauge and get the type of fabric you want - you don't want the hat to be too stiff to wear. (bulky yarn isn't necessarily the same as two strands of yarn, and the needle you'd use for a single strand of worsted is anything from size 6 US to 8 US.)

Hope this helps you some.
Jan 25, 2012 08:51:17   #
janette777
 
I have the same problem. Lady brought me pattern made in worsted and yarn made in sport weight. I think I am just going to go a size bigger. ?????
Jan 25, 2012 12:04:43   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
Yes, you can use two strands of worsted to creat a bulky weight, and same goes for sport, 2 or 3 strands to creat a worsted. Do a gauge swatch with the needle specified, and the double strand, it should work. The only problem with doing this, is that the double or triple strands needed to creat the same gauge, are often not as 'lofty' as the original yarn the pattern was written for. But sometimes it works just fine. Swatching and experimenting are the keys here.
 
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