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knitting pattern is for 3-ply wool and no 7 needles, I have double-knitting wool what adjustments do I make?

March 10th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Knitting Double


The double knitting yarn is considered a lace yarn. The thinner the yarn the smaller the neeedle unless otherwise stated in your pattern. Since the yarn is smaller and your want to make a certain pattern your best bet for this particular pattern would be to knit a 2×2" square and see how close you get to the gauge that is on the pattern. You will be using a larger needle but will have to remember that the stitches will look bigger than you expected. I think l would go for a size 9 fist and then go higher but if you do not have these sizes you either have to buy until you find one to fit the gauge or just get some other thread.

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  • 1 ANN C // Mar 10, 2010 at

    try no; 8 needles, I would have thought that no; 7 needles are a little big for 3 ply wool, usually the thinner the wool, the smaller size needle, i.e. 3ply wool..no; 9 needle, 4 ply wool..no 8 needle. what are u knitting? will try & help if I can. Ann C.
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    am a knitter have been for many yrs so I do know a little bit about knitting.

  • 2 Clare // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Do a test swatch. Knit a small square of the main pattern and count the number of stitches and rows per inch. That will give you the gauge for the yarn and needles you’re using, and you can compare it to the gauge given for the pattern and see if you need to use a different size needle to get the right gauge.
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  • 3 felineroche // Mar 10, 2010 at

    If it is a US pattern or an old UK one No 7 needles are size 4.5 in metric which seems more likely for 3 ply but still quite big as double knitting is usually 4 mm (or old size 8)

    I don’t really think you will get very good results trying to adjust a 3-ply pattern to double knitting unless it is a very simple item like a scarf.
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  • 4 BIG LYNN // Mar 10, 2010 at

    none. you should try and follow the pattern exactly. wool is cheap best buy new wool or even cheaper try in charity shops who often sell it.
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  • 5 sue // Mar 10, 2010 at

    first off, 3 ply wool is not a wool size. it is a yarn finishing technique. Most all commercial wools are 3 ply.
    There are lace weight, fingering weight, double knitting weight, worsted weight and chunkys.

    You must make a swatch using the pattern to determine if you need different needles. Make your swatch about 4 to 6 inches square and measure the number of stitches in row and how many rows for inch.

    If making a garment, the guage must be exact. If making a baby blanket, afghan or shawl, you do not need to be as exact. There is nothing more aggravating than spending 100 hours knitting a sweater then not having it fit.

    Enjoy your knitting!
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  • 6 Mommiedearest // Mar 10, 2010 at

    The double knitting yarn is considered a lace yarn. The thinner the yarn the smaller the neeedle unless otherwise stated in your pattern. Since the yarn is smaller and your want to make a certain pattern your best bet for this particular pattern would be to knit a 2×2" square and see how close you get to the gauge that is on the pattern. You will be using a larger needle but will have to remember that the stitches will look bigger than you expected. I think l would go for a size 9 fist and then go higher but if you do not have these sizes you either have to buy until you find one to fit the gauge or just get some other thread.
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