I just LOVE MagKnits’ “Rainy Day Socks”, and I’ve been itching to try them. The pattern says to use a DK yarn; they used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I’d like to sub yarns using KnitPicks Bare Superwash DK (because I have a balance remaining from a gift certificate from them), and I’m wondering if the gauges are close enough to sub. Stitch-wise, I think so–Cashmerino is 24 sts/4" and KnitPicks is 22 sts/4"–but Cashmerino is on size 3 (3.25mm) and KnitPicks is on size 5 (3.75mm). It’s only a 0.5mm difference in needles…is that enough to make a difference? The socks are knit on size 4 (3.5mm) needles anyway, so what do you think? I’m a tight knitter, so I may be using size 5 or 6 needles anyway once I start the pattern.
Also, do I need to buy two skeins of the KnitPicks Bare? The pattern calls for two skeins of Cashmerino which comes in 137 yard balls (274 yards), and the Bare comes in 246 yards hanks. I’d hate to buy 2 hanks of the Bare and have tons left over, or to not even touch the second hank. Will I really need all 274 yards?
I know some of you have made these socks, so do you have any helpful hints/advice? I’ve made one top-down sock, so I have a very small knowledge of how the whole sock thing goes…I’d be doing it the “old fashioned way” with DPN’s because I just can’t understand how to do them on one long circular or two circulars (I’m one of those people that needs to see things done in person to “get” it), though I wish I could make two at once so I could be done faster and have instant wearability!