How to adapt a knitting pattern for a different yarn

Yesterday I wrote about the pattern I chose, the yarn, the needles I used and my swatch using Universal Yarn Filly, KNITTER’S PRIDE Mindful 80cm (32″) Fixed Circular Lace Knitting Needle – 2.75mm (US 2) and Soak wash in Wild Mint.

Universal Yarn Filly in the Kite colorway

Today is about adapting the pattern Blissful Tee designed by the Universal Yarn Design Team and getting to work on it.

Because the pattern is written for a different yarn, I’ll compare the gauges and decide which size of the pattern will suit me best.

The number of rows in the pattern gauge is less likely to impact a lot since there’s very little shaping around the neckline. But the number of stitches will decide the fit of the garment. My stockinette gauge has 29 stitches in 4”, and the one recommended in the pattern is 24 stitches in 4”.

21.7 * 29/4 = 157 stitches.

The pattern states that there is an ease of 4-6”. I can take that into account. My usual size is medium, so first I’ll check how many stitches are required for a size M (medium) following the pattern.

I can reduce the positive ease. If the total positive ease is 6”, I can reduce up to 3” for the front and the same for the back:

(21.7-3) * 29/4 = 135 stitches.

The pattern recommends 130 stitches for size M (medium) and 142 stitches for size L (large).

I decided to eliminate the positive ease and follow the instructions for size M (medium).

I casted on 130 stitches.

Based on my swatch, I can cast on and make my 1/1 rib with the same size needles.

I’ll have to find a sharp color change in the yarn and use it as a guide for the beginning of my cast on. I want the back and the front to have the stripes of color matching as closely as possible.

I started with the back, as I wanted to see how well my calculation will work out.

I casted on 130 stitches and started the 1 by 1 rib.

Blissful Tee back ribbing and stockinette stitch in Universal Yarn Filly in the Kite colorway

To help me keep track of the number of rows worked, I carry along a loop of cotton yarn. This way I can make sure the front and the back are the same length.

The alternating colors keep the stockinette part of the knitting interesting.

Join me again for the next steps of this project using Universal Yarn Filly, KNITTER’S PRIDE Mindful 80cm (32″) Fixed Circular Lace Knitting Needle – 2.75mm (US 2) and Soak wash in Wild Mint.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: Knowing when to knit a swatch [free pattern]

Go to part 3: Knitting the back of the Blissful Tee – Placing the openwork [free pattern]

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