Hi, I am fairly new to knitting after picking it up again with a long absense. It’s been about 20 yrs since I knitted as a child.
Anyway I am making a basic Poncho for my daughter. I am using the pattern at http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kbcl-funFurTrimmedPoncho.html which is basically two rectangles stitched together.
I am using 8mm needles and a yarn which has the same tension as mentioned in the pattern. When I checked my Gauge was 12 stitches per10cm. I calculated I needed 38 stitches.I am a bit all over the place with this gauge business but the 38stitches makes the rectangle 12" wide in my yarn. Using the pattern if I make each length 22" long … basically I made a pattern out of paper
:oops: with these measurements to try and get my head around it all and it fits my daughter perfectly so I want to stick to the finished garment measurement of 12x22" for each rectangle.
So here’s my problem, I have used ONE ball of yarn and I haven’t even knitted 5" into my first rectangle. So according to my calculations I am going to need 4-5 balls of yarn for each rectangle. So 10 balls for one poncho.
What is going on? Not only is it going to be very very heavy but most child’s poncho’s call for a few balls of wool, 4 at the most.
All I cant attribute this to is my choice of yarn. I’m in Australia so we have different yarns so I can’t just go out and buy the type mentioned in the pattern. I chose a yarn that is 45% wool, 13% acrylic, 42% polyamide, 50g each ball and approx 30metres in length. It says the needle size is 8mm and the tension 11 stitches x 22rows (10cm x10cm sq).
Given I am just one ball and 5" into the first rectangle, I am wondering if I call it quits and buy a different yarn? Will this make a difference?. I am just wondering if because it’s half wool it weighs heavier than other yarns and therefore I am maybe getting less in length than other lighter yarns? :shrug:
The poncho is just for a 5year old girl. Something just tells me 10 balls of wool doesn’t seem right here.