I'm a new knitter and in trying to find patterns for socks for my kids my problem is that a lot of the patterns will recommend their own yarn (patterns by Paton, patterns by Bernat, etc.) This pattern book calls for Patons Astra. Well, if I can't find their yarn how do I know which yarn would be comperable for a project? I mean, they don't say it in english - 4 ply worsted weight...they give it to you in ball weight - 50g per ball, and that doesn't even tell me how many yards/ball so I could do dimensional analysis to compare it to the skeins the stores sell here (US, California)
It seems that the general recommendation is US 6's for worsted weight yarn, but also it says or size needles to obtain guage, but will it be funky if the needles are too small for the yarn?
I'm just generally confused! How do I know if they are looking for a sport or dk weight or worsted or what? As far as I can tell the only way is the knit a guage swatch, but then what? You say, well, this yarn won't work for this pattern? Or you just go down or up a needle size? And what if your guage isn't off by enough to switch an entire needle size, then what?
To make matters worse, I can't seem to find any of the fine sock weight yarn in the craft stores around here. I guess I'll have to order online or go to a yarn store for it. Will it be advertised as "sock weight" or "fingering weight" or what do I look for?
I just want to knit some darned socks for my kids! Arrrgggghhh!!!!