My friend wants me to make a "simple shrug" from a vintage pattern. It calls for 6 ounces of AMERICAN THREAD "DAWN" ORLON OR ORLON POMPADOUR, which i was guessing would be a fingerling...but the pattern also calls for No. 5 needles, which sounds pretty darn big for a fingerling. No gauge is provided in the pattern
Anyone familiar with this yarn and have any recommendations of what type and how much yarn i need to make this shrug?
This is misleading because pompadour came in all three weights fingering, sports, and worsted. It was the same yarn as dawn but had a shiny thread twisted around it. Similar yarn is still available. I know lion brand carries it and also Herschner's. Pompadour baby yarn was a little fuller and more fluffy than fingering yarn, you could probably substitute a sports weight and get away with it. Dawn orlon was acrylic that came in all weights and was extremely soft and tended to be a little shapeless when knit. You could substitute any worsted weight acrylic for it. As for yarn amounts, I suggest you use one of the acrylic yarns that has no lot numbers. That way you can always pick up another skein if needed. You will need almost the same amount of yarn for a shrug as for a sweater as you ony lose a little length in the front and back.