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A Cool Knitting Discovery

Guitar Herringbone Hat by LynnHI just had to test something for someone… and came up with great news. A lot of my patterns are written for a yarn weight called DK. This yarn weight, I’m told, is the most common for sweaters in the UK. At 5.5 stitches/inch for sweaters, it’s lighter than Worsted weight (which is often 5 stitches/inch). It drapes well but is faster to knit than fingering or sport.

Well, I took two strands of Lang Jawoll fingering-weight sockyarn, and knit them together as if they were one yarn. I used the same needles I used for the DK yarn, and got the same gauge. Woohoo! More options is always good, and it seems many knitters have a lot of leftover sockyarn.

The upcoming roll-brim button hat pattern is in DK weight yarn (designed primarily for my own Cushy Colorsport Handpaint). Also my Turkish-Style Toe-Up sock, the Barberpole sock, Heritage Heirloom socks, Fast Florida Footies and Guitar Herringbone Hat are all written for DK weight yarns, which some folks tell me they have trouble finding.

(For the record, in Australia DK weight yarn is called 8ply no matter how many actual plies in the yarn.) And a few of my patterns (Wristwarmers, First-Time Toe-Up Socks) are written for any number of yarn weights, where this trick could also work.

I was going to go see my Brother today but he’s not feeling great, so I’m working. Until Brian comes home, that is. Then I’m taking off the evening, and tomorrow. Monday I’ll work in the morning and early afternoon, then we go to a music party for a while. It has been a challenge to work a fulltime schedule since about Thanksgiving (there are SO many lovely distractions), but I’m doing OK this week after all.

Much is in the works here at ColorJoy by LynnH… a few one-of-a-kind handpainted ***garments*** will be for sale in January, along with some gently-used (unpainted) extra-special garments. I’ve got new wool/nylon fingering-weight sock yarn coming for the first time, and some of my old standby Cushy ColorSport yarn, and a few other possible one-time-only yarns. It’s so fun, now if I can only do it all…

OK, back to work.

Photo is Guitar Herringbone Hat. The pattern has been available for a short while, but I just put up the web page about it.

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