I really want to learn how to knit but I get so confused when I look at patterns. Actually, I can kind of knit. My Mum taught me when I was a kid, but I was never very good at it and haven’t attempted to knit anything for years. I really want to give it another go, but I just don’t know where to start. Every time I google knitting patterns I struggle to find styles that I like, or, if I do find a style that I like, the recommended yarn is no longer available, or it’s really expensive. Do you know if there is a internationally standardised gauge of measuring wool thickness and type? Is 8 ply the same whether you’re in Australia, America or Europe? If you find a pattern you like, can you substitute a different yarn for the type they recommend? I’m so confused! Do you know much about yarn and knitting? Can you offer me any advice? Pretty please?
For example, I really love the range of yarns available from Bendigo Woollen Mills. It’s good quality, there are lots of different colours, it’s affordable and I like to support Australian companies. Also, a friend of mine has done a lot of crochet with their merino wool with beautiful results. The trouble is, I don’t know what patterns I can use with this wool!
I love this pattern (above), but the yarn is quite expensive. As I’m a beginner knitter, I don’t want to spend too much in case it turns out to be a disaster! The pattern recommends a wool called ‘worsted’. Elsewhere I’ve seen worsted and aran described as 10 ply. Does that mean that all yarns classified as worsted, aran or 10 ply are interchangeable?
I also love these patterns (above and below – all from Purl Soho) that use a worsted weight 2 ply yarn. I thought 2 ply yarn was very fine and worsted was a medium weight? I think my head might explode… Does this mean a Australian worsted 10 ply wool could be used? And then there’s the matter of which needles to use. I found this needle size conversion chart, which is quite helpful. This Ravelry yarn weights table is also proving educational. I would love to hear any hints, tips or words of advice you might have!
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