James' Knit Notes

Double or Nothing Knitting

Do you ever find a yarn you love, but it won't give you the gauge you need. Too many stitches per inch, and when you increase the needle size the fabric is too open, too loose, too sloppy. Well, before you give up, double up. Try knitting on a larger needle and double stranding the yarn. It is a rather obvious solution, that is frequently not considered. Today, I wanted to use Solo Lino, my wonderful new eco-yarn. A recycled linen that is amazingly soft. When it failed to provide the gauge needed, I went up two needle sizes and worked with 2 strands together. Voila! The result is just a bit heavier, but still an ideal weight for the summery sweater that I've designed. An easy choice: double or nothing.

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