In this post we’ll discuss the 2nd aspect to consider when choosing yarn for a knitting project.
Let us suppose that at the moment you don’t have anything on your needles (or maybe you do and just need another project so you can trade back and forth between projects to deflect boredom—or whatever reason we use for justifying multiple projects going at the same time).
So, do you choose a pattern first or do you go yarn-hunting? This can be likened to the debate about the chicken or the egg. Which came first?
The following is strictly my own opinion, but it does come from dear experience.
Let’s say you live 40 miles away from the city, and one day you drive in—maybe for a doctor’s appointment. Afterward you decide to visit the local yarn store, just to touch and feel those luscious fibers. (All yarn addicts need “our fix” once in awhile, right?) No, no … you’re not planning to buy anything; just look.
But you fall in love with a gorgeous shade of lilac worsted weight, #4 yarn you could knit into a shawl-collared cardigan you’ve been wanting for ages.
After looking through the books of patterns available at the store, nothing really appeals to you, but surely you can go online and find a suitable pattern. (About now you should hear those alarm bells going off in your head but you ignore them.)
The store clerk helps you guestimate the number of skeins you’ll need for a cardigan to fit your size. Happily, you drive back home with visions of that finished cardigan in your head.
At home, after spending hours searching through Ravelry and other sites, the only patterns you like call for sport weight, #3 yarn.
I don’t need to continue the story. We’ve all been there and done the very same thing. I have several collections of yarn, purchased because I loved the yarn but didn’t have the pattern chosen first.
Again, this is strictly my opinion, but choosing the pattern first—before inviting the temptation of touchy-feeling the yarn—is the best decision. At least that’s my goal…