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Feb 14, 2012 09:16:34   #
vicstitcher
 
I've decided to knit a DROPS pattern, but I want to buy yarn from Turkey. (I already bought it an alpaca/wool blend size 5 - and it's being shipped) How do I know I'm getting the correct weight (thickness) and also the correct amount of yarn? If I did buy the wrong thickness of yarn, can I convert the pattern?

Is there some kind of guide available?

BTW The pattern refers to DROPS Yarn group C. The pattern uses US8 needles to get 17 sts x 22 rows for 4" x 4".

Thank you!

Vicki
 
Feb 14, 2012 09:26:45   #
lotusyarns
 
Hi Vicki,
I am sorry i don't know this pattern,you may receive the detail of the yarn from Turkey,just like yardage and suggested needle ,it will be helpful for your knit.
Feb 14, 2012 15:41:08   #
Leonora
 
If the pattern from Drops requires group 3 yarn, then the bulky yarn you have purchased from Turkey will be too thick. How to convert you pattern to use this yarn will be down to doing gauge swatches. Also the amount of yarn required is always listed on their patterns by gram weight, and I think yardage too, so you will have to take those into account when converting the pattern.
Feb 15, 2012 07:51:30   #
jemima
 
I bought some yarn woven in Turky and was dissapointed over the quality. Some parts was very thick and then it went very thin I had to buy another skein to compensate for this.
Feb 15, 2012 09:35:24   #
marimom
 
I have purchased a great deal of yarn made in Turkey and it has been just great. Someone else already mentioned this, but you will have to do a swatch with the new yarn and after you see how many stitches you have in a 4 inch square, divide that by the number of stitches that is written in the pattern guage. I do not know what size you are but sometimes if you are a large but with your new swatch you could knit the small, then do it. Goodness, this sounds so confusing, doesn't it? But I hardly ever buy the yarn suggested for a sweater and I always have to get my brain working to figure this out. You can PM me if you need additional help.
Feb 15, 2012 09:41:45   #
RoxyCatlady (a regular here)
 
The best way to tell is to read the recommended gauge on the label - match that. Another way, but less accurate, is to use the yardage to weight ratio. This works with similar fibres only - if you look at the yardage on a worsted weight cotton vs a worsted weight wool or acrylic, you'll see a huge difference - - wool or acrylic is around 200 yds to 100 grams, cotton is only around 150 yds to 100 grams. (give or take, these are rounded off numbers) This is because cotton is a more dense fibre.
 
Feb 15, 2012 11:06:34   #
nanap
 
vicstitcher wrote:
I've decided to knit a DROPS pattern, but I want to buy yarn from Turkey. (I already bought it an alpaca/wool blend size 5 - and it's being shipped) How do I know I'm getting the correct weight (thickness) and also the correct amount of yarn? If I did buy the wrong thickness of yarn, can I convert the pattern?

Is there some kind of guide available?

BTW The pattern refers to DROPS Yarn group C. The pattern uses US8 needles to get 17 sts x 22 rows for 4" x 4".


IThank you!

Vicki
I've decided to knit a DROPS pattern, but I want t... (show quote)



I believe someone posted a site for conversion recently. Try "search" above and you should find it. Good Luck:)
 
          
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