Hi! I am a relatively beginner knitter. I don’t know much about yarn and gauges.
I have a couple of questions regarding my next project, which are alphabet type baby blocks (with foam centers):
The pattern calls for worsted weight washable wool yarn, I was told that worsted weight is about 17-18 stitches on size 8 needles for 4" but I am having trouble finding that in colors that I like for the project. I found some yarn that says 16" on size 8 needles but the pattern also calls for using size 5 needles, do you think this one will work?
The yarn I like is also not washable, it is regular wool. Will this make a difference or do you think they say washable simply because it is for a kid and will make it easier to clean. If I use regular wool can they simply hand wash the blocks and let them air dry? Is there another reason why I should use washable wool?