Alas, another reply...
For needles for this particular pattern, is says:
Needles - US size 11 (8mm), 16" circular (optional for adult slippers) and 4 double-point needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
I don't really understand what it means when it says "or size needed to obtain gauge." or whether or not the 16" circular needles are also a US size 11.
this means, a circular needle that is 16 inches from tip to tip, and size 11. also a set of double pointed needles in a size 11.
to get gauge means to get the same number of stitches over 4 inches as set in the pattern. if you do a test swatch (knit a 4-6 inch square in the pattern) then count the number of stitches over 4 inches that's your gauge. too many stitches? then you need a bigger needle. too few? you need smaller ones.
I'll be making the toddler slippers first (those will hopefully be worn by my daughter...) and I can't seem to make sense of what it's saying...with work as youth, work as adult...I go back and read the adult and youth and I get really confused. I'm so sorry...I wish that I was great at this kind of thing so I wouldn't be such a bother...
patterns frequently have combined instructions for all the sizes. like it will say cast on 88 (102, 110, 140) and the first number is for the smallest size, the ones in parentheses are for the larger sizes.
when I'm getting ready to do a new pattern, I find it helpful to write out just one set of instructions for the size I am making. or highlight just the numbers of stitches for the size you are doing. (like yellow highliter for the small size, orange for the medium and green for the large) that way you can quickly find the right instructions.
The pattern also mentions:
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=#000080]Worsted weight wool for felting; choose a light worsted for double stranding.[/COLOR][/FONT]
[COLOR=black]Would the Wool Of Andes be thick enough to not have to do double stranding, or would I have to buy double the yarn and do the double stranding? [/COLOR]
WOTA is a worsted weight, so I dont think you have to double it for this pattern unless you want a super thick finished product.
(someone correct me if I am wrong!!)
Again, I'm so sorry for this.....I wish that I could just understand it all...you all make it look so easy....:verysad:
no one was born knowing how to knit- everyone has questions!!! please don't apologize!!! people here are the BEST and everyone is so nice, and there is bound to be SOMEONE who can answer just about every question out there.