"My pattern calls for a #4 yarn, but the ball band for my yarn doesn't have a number designation. Which yarn can I use?" Many yarn crafters just starting out and even some fairly experienced yarnies get confused by which yarn to use for their project. Let's face it with so many different weights, fibers, and colors it can get overwhelming instead of inspiring. So we want to help you understand a little better how to determine which weight or thickness of yarn to use. In almos
Why do patterns often call for a smaller needle on necklines, cuffs, and edgings? Using a smaller needle when doing garter stitch and ribbed edgings on hats, sleeves, sweater bottoms etc. helps keep your tension correct. Garter stitch and ribbing both are looser by design than stockinette therefore changing your needle size helps to keep the gauge even and to pull in as ribbing should. Typically you use 1-2 sizes smaller needle than what you work the rest of the project in.