Podcast Episode 59: She Sells Sweater Seams by the Seashore

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Things we talk about in this episode:
Weaving in Cotton Ends
Simple Magic Loop
Setting in Sleeves
Staci’s Sock Tutorials
Book: Knitting Vintage Socks
Steven’s Ravelry Page (plenty of men’s dress socks for inspiration!)

6 comments on “Podcast Episode 59: She Sells Sweater Seams by the Seashore

  1. Staci and Casey,
    I’m trying to help answer the question regarding substituting different weights of yarn for a pattern. It comes down to algebra and would make a great Math for Knitters segment. I’m not a great math minded person but knitting has actually required me to become better. First of all, I wouldn’t attempt this on a fitted garment (sweater, hat, socks, etc) with making a few gauge swatches in the weight of yarn I’m looking to use. However, for a shawl or blanket or scarf I would just do some math depending on what “look” I was going for. If I wanted to make a shawl in DK but the pattern is written for fingering weight then I’d need more of the DK weight to make the shawl than the fingering weight. This assumes that I’m not making any other pattern changes other than yarn weight and needle size. If a typical fingering weight skein is 400 yards to 100 grams and DK is 250 yards to 100 grams then you’d need more skeins of the DK to have the same yardage required for the pattern. (Pattern says you need 800 yards of fingering which is 2 skeins; 800 dived by 250 for DK is 3.2 skeins of DK). If other changes are being made then a lot more math is required and probably a gauge swatch. I use gauge swatches all the time like this. Essentially, you’re almost designing a new pattern based on the one in a different weight yarn if you are actually modifying the pattern more than just yarn weight and needle size. I hope this helps a little.

  2. Hi Staci! This is a non-knitting question. Do you do your manicures yourself? Your knitting videos are fabulous, but how about a ‘how I do my nails’ video just for fun?

  3. Hi Staci and KC,
    I have a plastic card that I got a long time ago from Patternworks that is a Pocket Yarn Yardage Guide. Fir example, to knit a woman’s medium (36″-38″) pullover or cardigan, it takes 1000 yds bulky wt, 1150 yds worsted wt, 1400 yds sport wt. These are the only weights it covers, but you can see that it takes more yardage as the yarn weight decreases. The card is copyrighted 1986. It has a How Many Skeins? Instant Yarn Calculator on the back which helps with figuring out the number of skeins needed by using the yards per skein and the yardage needed. There’s probably an app that does similar functions..,these are pre-smartphone and pre-internet!

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