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Willow1
Warming Up

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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  1:55:55 PM  Show Profile Send Willow1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am going to knit the Celtic Style Rogue Pullover by the girl from auntie. What is the differnce between Aran weight and worsted weight? The pattern says Aran weight was used for the sweater but to use any yarn as long as it meets the gauge. I want to use a wool or wool/acrylic blend, so is there a difference in Aran and worsted weight yarn? I would like to use something from Green Mountain Spinnery if I can, who has knit this sweater and what type of yarn did you use?

RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  1:58:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aran weight is slightly thicker than worsted. Depending on your gauge, you might be able to get away with a worsted weight yarn, but swatch carefully and be honest - it might technically work, but could give you a very loose fabric that you don't care for...

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Willow1
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  2:13:44 PM  Show Profile Send Willow1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the good advice Rose, I have decided I should probably stick to Aran weight then. The pattern also says to use a resilient fabric like wool and not a yarn that will show too much drape. So an acrylic blend then wouldn't be a good idea. What brand of Aran do you like? I have heard of Aran sweaters before, but didn't know it was a weight of yarn until now. I have no experience with this type of yarn. I learn something new about knitting everyday.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  2:22:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here are some suggestions: http://yarnforward.com/yarn.html#aran or here: http://secure.elann.com/PRODUCTLIST.ASP?SHORTGAUGE=17-18+st%2F4%22+Aran+Weight&PRODUCTTYPE=5&findyarnsb.x=28&findyarnsb.y=13&findyarnsb=submit


You're looking for something that gets you about 18 st/4 inches (or about 4.5 st/per inch)

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COgirl
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  4:27:14 PM  Show Profile Send COgirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I want to try this yarn from Jamieson & Smith for my next Aran sweater.

http://www.shetland-wool-brokers.zetnet.co.uk/2plysoft.htm

It costs 2 British pounds Sterling for a skein that has 105 yards. That's about $3.50, but it includes the VAT, value added tax, so the actual cost will be lower since that's not charged on overseas orders. Yarndex classifies it as a DK weight, 4.5 st/in. If you order enough for a sweater, the shipping cost will probably run about $15. I've found that it's much cheaper and easier ordering from them directly than trying to find a shop that sells.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  4:31:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
But that yarn is too fine for what she's looking for, since DK is smaller than worsted, and she wants something larger (Aran Weight, not Aran patterned)

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COgirl
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  5:10:38 PM  Show Profile Send COgirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree, Rose. I was just pointing out that yarn for future reference. I get too many hot flashes these days to want something bulky anyway. Have you ever used it? I've got the shade card and it seems really nice. I'm using their 2 ply jumper weight yarn now on a fair isle sweater and it's been lovely to work with.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  5:11:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Okay - just the mention of the aran sweater led me to believe you were confused about what she was asking.

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anderknit
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  5:54:17 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Now I'm confused - COGirl says that a Jamieson & Smith yarn is classified by Yarndex as DK weight, 4.5st/1". But aran weight is 4.5st/1" (18st=4"). DK weight is generally 5.5st/1".

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yarnmama
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  6:27:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnmama's Homepage Send yarnmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I believe in the UK they label DK any yarn that we would label "worsted" in the US.

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pieheart
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  6:27:33 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Back to Rogue, there is a Rogue-along at knittyboard: http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=20513

You may find some of the answers you are looking for there.

pieheart

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COgirl
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Posted - 04/02/2006 :  9:16:00 PM  Show Profile Send COgirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's the Yarndex description of the Jamieson & Smith yarn I described.

http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=1747

I decided I wanted to try that yarn for my next Aran sweater because on the J&S color card, they indicate that it's suitable for Arans. It looks very nice on the color card and comes in many colors. Did not mean to cause any confusion. I agree that this sounds more like a worsted than DK weight.
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Willow1
Warming Up

USA
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Posted - 04/03/2006 :  02:35:12 AM  Show Profile Send Willow1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the replies everybody, and I will go check out the knitty board and see what some other knitters have used for yarn.
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Jasmine-Rose
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Posted - 04/07/2006 :  09:42:55 AM  Show Profile Send Jasmine-Rose a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Willow1, may I suggest that you consider using Bartlett yarn? The gauge is just what you're looking for and the color choices are lovely. It is a "rough" yarn in that it has lots of lanolin in it, along with some VM, and has a nice "sheepy" scent to it. It is a bit scratchy on the skein but it does soften with washing.

I'm using it now for Elspeth Lavold's Ragna and I love it. I have another 10 skeins and I'm looking for the right project to use it for. This could be my new favorite!
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