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Choosing Yarn if you are one of the people that want to use antique patterns, is a little more difficult. I have many of my mother's and grandmothers patterns. Sometimes you can go on line and find the Wraps per Inch for the specified yarn. With this information you can go choose a modern yarn with the same number of wraps per inch.
If you are using a yarn that is not labeled, you can determine the Wraps per Inch by wrapping it around a ruler and find how many times it wraps around the ruler over a 1 inch space in a single layer.
There may be no information at all about the yarn specified. I then choose a cotton or wool that looks about same weight as the one in the picture shown in the pattern and start making samples to see what will work best.
If the sample is too large, I use a smaller hook and if it is too small, I use a larger hook. Sometimes, when you have substituted a different yarn, it becomes obvious that a smaller hook size will make the finished project too loose or too stiff. If this happens you need to make a larger or smaller size of the pattern. ie. a size 10 instead of a size 12 instead of changing hook sizes.
The best reason for making samples is to gain experience with yarns and hooks. The more experience you have the easier it is to make choices.
Even more important; the more experience you have with samples the easier it is to start improvising with your own ideas and patterns.
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