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« Topic Start: May 16, 2011, 10:02:41 am »

Hey, guys.  Newbie crafter here.

So, erinnightwalker was kind enough to post a link to a wonderful site in this thread: http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=15239.0, and I made the mistake of showing my friend, who is a huge DnD fan, the Shoulder Beholder on that site.  Me being the softy I am, I agreed to make it for him.

Now, I've managed to find ways to fix the drawback that I haven't a single clue how to crochet, that's not an issue.  But I need some serious help with the yarn.  The pattern(http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/beholder.htm) specifies "worsted weight yarn of any kind, but acrylic just adds to the horror of the Beholder".

Could someone help me define worsted, please, and give me some pointers on what to look for when buying said yarn?

Thanks, all,
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« Reply #1: May 16, 2011, 10:49:22 am »

Hey, guys.  Newbie crafter here.

So, erinnightwalker was kind enough to post a link to a wonderful site in this thread: http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=15239.0, and I made the mistake of showing my friend, who is a huge DnD fan, the Shoulder Beholder on that site.  Me being the softy I am, I agreed to make it for him.

Now, I've managed to find ways to fix the drawback that I haven't a single clue how to crochet, that's not an issue.  But I need some serious help with the yarn.  The pattern(http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/beholder.htm) specifies "worsted weight yarn of any kind, but acrylic just adds to the horror of the Beholder".

Could someone help me define worsted, please, and give me some pointers on what to look for when buying said yarn?

Thanks, all,
Vella
Firstly, it sounds like you need to join http://www.ravelry.com/ and join the Selfish Knitters and Crocheters group to help repel this kind of request in the future!

Worsted yarn is heavier than DK weight but lighter than chunky, similar (though a little lighter) to Aran weight. However with a pattern like this the weight of yarn doesn't matter too much as the finished size of the item is less important. Lighter yarn = smaller item. Which if you're making a jumper matters a lot, but if you're making a 'toy' type thing is less important. So if I were you I'd go out looking for a yarn anywhere between DK weight and chunky in a suitable colour and fibre, rather than worrying too much about getting worsted. Oh make sure to match your needles/hook to the yarn, not the pattern if you use a different weight yarn than the pattern suggests.
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« Reply #2: May 16, 2011, 02:44:44 pm »

Hey, guys.  Newbie crafter here.

So, erinnightwalker was kind enough to post a link to a wonderful site in this thread: http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=15239.0, and I made the mistake of showing my friend, who is a huge DnD fan, the Shoulder Beholder on that site.  Me being the softy I am, I agreed to make it for him.

Now, I've managed to find ways to fix the drawback that I haven't a single clue how to crochet, that's not an issue.  But I need some serious help with the yarn.  The pattern(http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/beholder.htm) specifies "worsted weight yarn of any kind, but acrylic just adds to the horror of the Beholder".

Could someone help me define worsted, please, and give me some pointers on what to look for when buying said yarn?

Thanks, all,
Vella

Worsted is often the "standard" weight of yarn.  If your yarn is numbered for sizes, you want a 4.

If you have Red Heart over there, that's probably what they mean by horror.  Standard Red Heart Supersaver would be the intended fright. Cheesy
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« Reply #3: May 17, 2011, 02:20:21 am »

Hey, guys.  Newbie crafter here.

  But I need some serious help with the yarn.  The pattern(http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/beholder.htm) specifies "worsted weight yarn of any kind, but acrylic just adds to the horror of the Beholder".


Would it be so terrible if I said that the Elder God http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/eldergod.htm looks absolutely adorable?  Grin
I'm bookmarking that one.
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« Reply #4: May 17, 2011, 05:56:59 am »

Would it be so terrible if I said that the Elder God http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/eldergod.htm looks absolutely adorable?  Grin
I'm bookmarking that one.

you have NO IDEA how many adorable Cthulhu patterns are out there!

There's even one as a hat - a Cthulhuclava!
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« Reply #5: May 18, 2011, 10:08:31 am »

Firstly, it sounds like you need to join http://www.ravelry.com/ and join the Selfish Knitters and Crocheters group to help repel this kind of request in the future!

Worsted yarn is heavier than DK weight but lighter than chunky, similar (though a little lighter) to Aran weight. However with a pattern like this the weight of yarn doesn't matter too much as the finished size of the item is less important. Lighter yarn = smaller item. Which if you're making a jumper matters a lot, but if you're making a 'toy' type thing is less important. So if I were you I'd go out looking for a yarn anywhere between DK weight and chunky in a suitable colour and fibre, rather than worrying too much about getting worsted. Oh make sure to match your needles/hook to the yarn, not the pattern if you use a different weight yarn than the pattern suggests.

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*shakes in corner* So...many...terms....I don't understand!  Save me!

OK, so I worked out about the yarn size (I don't know what any of those yarn terms mean, but I think I get the relative yarn size, sort of), but please tell me matching hook to yarn is simple...  Like, there's numbers on both that you need to look at and compare.

Thanks for all the help, guys, I'll hit the Lincraft store.

Oh, and this might be a really stupid question (told you I was a newbie): Knitting yarn and crocheting yarn, are they the same thing?
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« Reply #6: May 18, 2011, 10:24:03 am »

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*shakes in corner* So...many...terms....I don't understand!  Save me!

OK, so I worked out about the yarn size (I don't know what any of those yarn terms mean, but I think I get the relative yarn size, sort of), but please tell me matching hook to yarn is simple...  Like, there's numbers on both that you need to look at and compare.

Thanks for all the help, guys, I'll hit the Lincraft store.

Oh, and this might be a really stupid question (told you I was a newbie): Knitting yarn and crocheting yarn, are they the same thing?

A lot of yarn has on the label a "suggested" hook size for crochet.  It'll give you an idea, at least.

There are those that will say there's a difference between crochet yarn and knitting yarn.  Those people are usually yarn snobs being uppity about what they're doing.  Don't listen to them.  Yarn is yarn.  You can crochet a plastic bag if you want to - though I don't know why you would!
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« Reply #7: May 18, 2011, 04:31:38 pm »

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*shakes in corner* So...many...terms....I don't understand!  Save me!

OK, so I worked out about the yarn size (I don't know what any of those yarn terms mean, but I think I get the relative yarn size, sort of), but please tell me matching hook to yarn is simple...  Like, there's numbers on both that you need to look at and compare.

Thanks for all the help, guys, I'll hit the Lincraft store.

Oh, and this might be a really stupid question (told you I was a newbie): Knitting yarn and crocheting yarn, are they the same thing?
Oh I'm sorry! I just reread my post and it's awful... If you look on the yarn label it will usually suggest a needle size (and hook size? I don't crochet). It sounds to me like you need a good book on the basics! I like the Stitch 'n' Bitch book for knitting and I know there's a crochet one from the same series called The Happy Hooker, maybe that (or other beginner book) would be a good place to start. Smiley

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« Reply #8: May 19, 2011, 04:15:31 am »

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I commend to your attention Synecdochic's A total beginner's guide to knitting.  I gather you're looking more at crocheting than knitting, but it has lots of total-beginner-level info about yarn that will likely be of use to you.

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