Thursday, April 12, 2007

Gauge question

I would like to make the Eastern European Footlets and I'm wondering whether there is a problem with the suggested gauge. The book suggests "substitute the lightly spun WORSTED weight yarn" (my emphasis), on size 4 needles, and then says that the gauge should be 7 stitches / in.

Now, I am not a knitting expert by any means, but how on Earth does anyone get such a gauge with worsted yarn, on such thick needles? Various sources say that worsted yarn has about 10-12 wpi, so even if you pack the yarn as tightly as possible you still couldn't get 7 stitches per inch (as one stitch has two strands).

This is why I think there is a mistake in the beginning instructions. Any other opinions?

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