Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Knitting with Multiple Strands

                                                           Free pattern here.

When I worked at my LYS, knitters often asked for more economical substitutes for bulky weight yarns, as they are generally expensive. We used to recommend using worsted weight yarns of similar quality, doubled, to make the projects more budget friendly. 

For worsted weights, we would recommend two strands of sock yarn to roughly equal a worsted weight. 

For other weights, a quick calculation approximates the new gauge. If a yarn knits up at X stitches per inch when used single, it will knit up at approximately (X times 0.7) stitches per inch when used double stranded. 

For a much more complex technical explanation you can read about it here.

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