The hat I’m designing for Knitscene calls for worsted weight yarn, of which I have plenty in my stash. It’s my favorite weight of yarn to design with because it’s so versatile, easily working at multiple gauges with everything from a size 3 to a size 9 needle.
Knitscene sent me the yarn in the colors they want me to use, and I’ve had it for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to knit with it until the design was final, which happened this week.
As part of my design process, I take lots of notes as I knit prototypes, then I write up a formal pattern, then I knit a final from that written pattern, adjusting my instructions as necessary. All of which I did for the Knitscene hat.
I caked the hanks and started to cast on, and…zoinks! This yarn was fat.
Had I read the yarn label, I would have had a clue that something might be amiss when it showed 140 yards in 100 grams. For comparison, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted, has 110 yards per 50 grams; Cascade 220 worsted has 220 yards per 100 grams. The difference is ~50 grams of girth, not 80 yards of length, which makes it more like a heavy worsted/aran weight.
(For the record, I never consider the yardage vs. weight, but I know it’s something you should do, so I tried to impress you with the above paragraph.)
There’s nothing wrong with a heavy worsted, but it’s going to impact my design. If I knit the hat according to the pattern I spent weeks perfecting, it’s going to be bigger than I intended, starting with having to go up one or two needle sizes because aran don’t play on size 3 needles.
On the bright side:
- This isn’t the first time I’ve done this to myself, so I know I can recover.
- I have bigger needles.
- Knitscene wants both a men’s and women’s version of the hat, so maybe I’ve been working on the men’s version all along.