It’s a Bank Holiday here in the UK so I am enjoying All The Movies! As I knit my square I shall be watching ‘The Magic Roundabout’ movie.
I am knitting with Austermann Step’s ‘Fresh & Easy’ range in colour #160 – Turquoise and after picking up 31 stitches you will follow Day 4’s pattern.
I will be working from the middle of yesterdays rectangle and across the remaining stitches of day 5’s square. Find the stitch you cast off with in the middle of your rectangle, pick up the stitch next to it and the following 14sts, pick up 1 in the corner where the 2 shapes meet, then 15 stitches up the side of the large square. Do not pick up the cast off stitch.
Follow day 4 from there.
I am planning to write about a few important topics for knitters this month – ‘Ballbands and why you should read them’, ‘Blocking – what is it and how is it done?’, ‘Swatching – but it’s so booooooring!’, and ‘Circular Needles – not just for knitting in circles’. These topics need samples and photos and some research so they aren’t ready yet.
I will also share my rant about why we need a single unit of measurement for knitting needles and yarn-weights but being a rant, it’s a little incomprehensible at this point so I shall refine it until it has at least a veneer of coherency but the bare bones are this – the world is shrinking courtesy of the internet – Ravelry.com has 4 million members who knit, crochet, spin and weave. Could we please choose one unit to measure the size of the needles and yarns we use? Come to think of it, a standard format for patterns would be nice too.
Actually that’s about it for the rant…. Some places have assigned a number system without any measurement unit which, for me at least, is just annoying. Friends have also had experience of needles all labelled ‘4’ actually being different diameters. Other places use the metric millimetre to measure diameter. Doing this means your needle either is or isn’t correct and it’s much easier to make this determination.
As for the yarn-weights – there are many names for the weights between countries. For example, yarn that is labelled DK in the UK is light worsted in the US and 8-ply in Australia. 4-ply in Australia and the UK is called fingering-weight in the US (though no one has been able to explain that to me…). And yarn in a given category can be thicker or thinner compared to another within the same category. Measuring yarn in wraps per inch would be more accurate. However being sure that the yarns are being measured at the same tension presents a new set of problems.
Given all of that, if you are trying to substitute a yarn, try to get a similar yarn content between what you want to use or have available to you, and what the pattern suggests. Next you want to compare yarn length (aka yardage or meterage) to the weight. So if the yarn suggested for your pattern is a 100g ball with 400m, you want to get something similar. A 50g ball with 300m will be too thin. 100g with 200m will be too thick. This information is all on the ballband. I will cover how to find all of that on said ballband tomorrow so stay tuned 🙂