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how can I find out how much yardage a vintage yarn had? Google isn't helping...

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DowntonIsMyHome Wed 23-Mar-16 23:22:40

I have a gorgeous pattern and need to (obviously) substitute the yarn as the one it calls for isn't made any more.

It needed Patons Beehive Pearl 2ply or Patons Beehive Lady Betty 3ply... I just can't find out how much yardage these had as the pattern says 5 balls and I don't know how much to order!

Help please!

Akire Wed 23-Mar-16 23:27:39

What are you making baby hat or size 32 jumper? Most wool is 50 or 100g I would be tempted to get 5x 100. Or go to a local shop and then buy 3 to get going. It is annoying though when you have to buy online.

madamginger Wed 23-Mar-16 23:31:59

The beehive 3ply is listed as 189m on ravelry , it doesn't say lady Betty though

Allalonenow Wed 23-Mar-16 23:32:50

Try an email to Patons, they should be pleased to help you.
Or ask on Etsy, thousands of knitters on there, someone is sure to know.

DowntonIsMyHome Wed 23-Mar-16 23:34:26

it's going to be a circular baby shawl - 50inch wide smile It's going to be my biggest knitting project so far, but I'm up for a challenge - the pattern seems fairly simple!

thanks madam - I'll guess it was similar and if I get white, it won't matter so much if I run out and need a new ball or two!

DowntonIsMyHome Wed 23-Mar-16 23:36:24

sorry allalone - hadn't seen your post when I hit send... thanks for the advice too

ouryve Wed 23-Mar-16 23:41:26

That's 189m per ounce, btw, so you'd need to look for yarn that's about 350-375m per 50g, which is a heavy lace weight, almost, or a fine sock yarn.

Sen it described in Mericanese as light fingering grin

ouryve Wed 23-Mar-16 23:43:05

If it's a shawl, gauge is less important. I'd use a heavy laceweight and order about 900-1000m of it.

DowntonIsMyHome Wed 23-Mar-16 23:51:43

I think it's going to be a very open knit - it calls for a 3ply wool on 5.5mm needles!

I'll have to use 5s though, as I only have round numbers grin

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