I want to knit a baby raglan sweater. My pattern calls for the following:
Materials: 1 ball of Bernat Softee Baby sport yarn
US #2 and #4 straight and double-point needles
5 half-inch buttons, 2 stitch holders
Gauge: 13 st and 17 rows = 2"
Finished size: Buttoned, 9-1/2" across at chest; 9-1/2" neck to
hem; sleeve - 5" to 5-1/2" underarm to cuff
On smaller needle c/o 67 sts.
SOOOO, my problem: I have Softee WORSTED weight yarn to work with. How can I make this work? Different needle sizes? How many cast-on stitches?
Thank you for any advice you can provide!!
I don't know if you will get the correct gauge since one is a sport weight and one is a worsted weight.
Doesn't Ravelry have a conversion chart for changing yarns?
I dontn't think I would try that one.
I just finished this one with KnitPicks Swish Worsted and it turned out darling. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alvin-2
It's on the blocking board right now and will post a pic in a few days. The pattern has many sizes and was a pretty fast project.
You could try a swatch and see if you like the fabric created but as all the others have said, save the yarn you have for another day and get sport weight for the sweater you are working on right now.
Using larger needles and thicker yarn will result in a much larger garment. You could do a gauge swatch and see what that measures and looks like. You won't get the finer appearance of the lighter weight yarn which is usually desirable in baby garments. You would then use that gauge swatch to calculate stitches per inch which then tells you how many stitches to cast on. When all is said and done, you may not like the results. It is not an easy thing to do.
There are many patterns for worsted wt. yarn, if I were you, I would pick another pattern. You would not be pleased with the outcome if you use worsted on a sport wt. pattern.
I know you have your heart set on a certain pattern but there is a solution..
Bev's cottage and Raverly both have free patterns for the 5 hour baby sweater with heavier wool.
Hope this helps you.
Check the instructions on http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html
which gives you a chart with measurements and advice on doing a gauge swatch then filling in a pattern sheet with the number of stitches and inches for your yarn and needles to get the size you want.
It worked for my knitting group and me to custom fit ourselves.
I would also save this yarn for another project. Bernat has some lovely Baby yarn, in many shades and very affordable.............. :-)
Another vote for getting the right yarn (sport weight). Sorry.