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Help please - changing wool thickness

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nanapug Fri 23-Mar-12 16:30:17

Ladies, I have a pattern I really would love to use and some wool that I also want to use. Unfortunately the pattern calls for DK and 4mm needles but the wool is Arun weight and 5.5 needles, soooo... I can't get my head round what size needles to use, and if I need to follow a larger or smaller pattern. The brain is just not functioning today. Is there any one out there who's brain is functioning please.

Jacey Fri 23-Mar-12 17:18:24

Think nanapug you said you'd booked yourself in for a workshop at John Lewis ...if its at Bluewater, then she is a very helpful lady ...she will probably be able to answer your question. sunshine

Please let me know too I also wondered if there was a web-site that indicated wool conversions for a pattern. flowers

It may be as simple as knitting the tension swatch with your chosen wool adjusting the needles until you get the correct sizing hmm

nanapug Fri 23-Mar-12 17:49:37

Yes Jacey you are right on both counts but I want to start it tonight!!! I hate not having a project on the go, and have more than enough to cover in my alloted hour tomorrow!! I'm just impatient!! Will let you know however if I find a site. smile

Mishap Fri 23-Mar-12 18:07:37

Yup - I agree. Knit with it with smaller needles and see if the tension works - if not go down a size.

SuzieB Fri 30-Mar-12 19:12:59

But be careful because smaller needles might make the finished product very tight and stiff. I think there's a site called Yarndex which might help with advice about different weights. If not, get on to Ravelry pdq. You'll get lots of help there.