To prevent the male readers from running for the hills, here is a monster battle. Pay no attention to ramblings about yarn below.
(bought at Jo Ann’s craft store, of all places)
But what’s this?
It’s the guy from the Fist of the North Star!
Boom, Pow, Crash!
All is right with the world.
On to yarn.
At Jo Ann’s, where I went completely by accidents on account of it being next to Vietnamese Fish Market, I bought this yarn. It is a beautiful yarn, so pretty I bought three different colors. All yarn has a number indicating yarn weight. The higher the number, the thicker and heavier is the yarn.
This Rainbow Boucle is graded as 4, meaning it is similar to worsted yarn in weight. Suggested needle size falls around 7-9.
Here is the problem: this yarn may weigh at number 4, but it knits at about number 2. I’ve tried to make a sample hat out of it yesterday.
a) it does NOT show pattern well. Doing a rib on it was torture, because every time I’d get interrupted, I had to try to remember if I ended on purl or knit. The fuzzies make it impossible to figured out which stitch you are on by just eyeballing it.
b) On #9 needles it knits into a mesh. Even on number 7 needles it knits into a mesh, and the hat is paper thin.
This is the same hat, when held to the light.
So what to do. Do I treat it as fine and go down to tiny needles? I really like the yarn color. I just have no clue what to make out of it.
Also, question number two. I really want to make the shawl. But I am short and plump. So
a) Are shawls too old lady?
b) Since shawls look best on tall thin people, would it make me look like a barrel wrapped in pretty yarn?