Posted by: GourmetGirl | October 16, 2012

Holiday Yarn

Are you working with a Holiday Yarn?

And the size? Sport? DK? Worsted? Aran? BULKY!??

Choosing the right yarn for a holiday project can make or break its final outcome. And choosing the size of needles will play a big part, too.

My general feeling about mixing yarn and needles: 1). The smaller the needle size, the happier the final project. 2) Keeping to 100% natural fiber or blend of natural fibers the happier the final project.

My favorite choice when knitting a holiday project like a stocking, bag or special embellishment? Cascade 220 – it is a work horse and it comes in a variety of reds and greens. Plus if you want to felt your project it is the most consistent.

Your needle size, however, can make you happier for the final project.

It is easy to obtain roughly the same gauge over 2 or 3 different needle sizes. The smallest needle size will cause your fabric to stretch less. Too tight it becomes rigid and too loose it can be saggy and baggy.

If you can find the patience: knit up 3 swatches with the same yarn using 3 different needle sizes. Block, dry and test the stretch. The time spent on matching up your needle size to your yarn can bring  you happiness with your final project.

With experience, you can look at the size of a yarn and know which needle size to pick up. I typically do not look at the recommended needle size by the manufacturer. That needle size can range widely. I find that most yarn companies tell you to use too large of a needle.

For your projects to have their best result? It all comes back to being a responsible knitter. Hmmmm, Maybe worth a repeat?

Happy Knitting,

Nancy

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