5 ply or 5 strands??


#1

I’m sorry this is my third post in two days about the same pattern but the way that the specifics of the yarn are written isn’t making sense to me.
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When she says “5 strands joined together” is she saying that it’s a 5 ply yarn or that she uses five strands of the sport weight yarn together when knitting the dress??


#2

Hi! She literally means knit with 5 strands of yarn together. I am currently knitting a blanket and I am using 2 strands of yarn. It makes your project much thicker and warmer as well. :slight_smile: Good luck!


#3

Thank you!! My problem is that finding 9k yards of sport weight yarn is really difficult and really expensive. If I wanted to just buy thicker yarn and use one strand what weight do you think that would be? Would the dress still look as nice?


#4

But that doesn’t quite add up if you look at the gauge… it says 30 sts to 10cm. So… Something must be off. (is it possible it’s a wonky translation…?)

on the other hand 30 sts in 10cm on 3.5 mm needles with a single strand of sport weight sounds a little tight to me but realistic.

I’d guess she means something more like five separate skeins joined END TO END and something got lost in translation…


#5

It’s five strands of this very thin yarn, Zegna Baruffa Softly held together. The numbers for yardage a bit confusing but a cone of the yarn is 1531 yards. The designer is saying that at 5 strands held together, that works out to 280 effective yards per cone.
If you need 10 cones that’s 2800 yards of yarn length. So that’s the number of yards of a substitute yarn that you would need. It’s worth checking with the designer to make sure. Send a message on Ravelry to check on this.
The gauge is measured over the pattern stitch which includes cables that pull in the knit fabric.