i actually tried to make these last summer, and went out and bought lion suede yarn, it is totally the wrong gauge, WAY TOO BIG. so i could make the pattern for an eight yr old, maybe, or figure out how to modify the pattern for my yarn.
swatch, swatch, swatch! and if not using the called-for yarn, MAKE SURE YOUR GAUGE MATCHES!
in the pattern, the gauge is 24 stitches = 4" (10cm) in st st using size 5 for smaller size; 21 stitches = 4" (10cm) in st st using size 6 for larger size.
since its 5 & 6, i really can't get that much smaller to match the gauge, what size 0 needles with bulky yarn? No, i don't think so.
the lion yarn website http://cache.lionbrand.com/yarns/lionSuede.htm llists the gauge as 12 st by 19 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 9 (5.5 mm) needles
any ideas for how to fix my oopsie (without buying new yarn...?)
i really wanted to make these for my son, before he was born. oh well!