Angora Question

CLABBERS's picture

My mother-in-law just got rid of the last of her knitting stash and in it, was 50 grams of white angora. I think it is sock yarn weight, but I'm not sure. I have attached two photos, one next to sock (fingering) yarn and the other with the ball in my hand. I wear a medium glove. It certainly isn't worsted weight, but I'm not sure about DK. I have some sport weight that is similar but this is still a tad smaller. Which do you think it is? I tried #2 bamboo needles as I use for socks sometimes and it was just too tight. I am getting about 5st (stockinette) per inch with size US6 needles. When I switch to US8, I am getting about 4.5/in stockinette, but it's a looser knit. I think the US6 is a good size if I turn this into a hat.

Also, does anyone know what I can make out of 50g of angora that is this weight?



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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Nice yarn. Larger needles to

Nice yarn. Larger needles to take advantage of the loftiness is a great idea. If the size 6 give you a fabric you enjoy, that's what I'd use. A cowl is an excellent idea, too.

CLABBERS's picture

I like the idea of a cowl.

I like the idea of a cowl. Thanks for the suggestion.

cobwebmsnd's picture

While the yarn itself looks

While the yarn itself looks like something approaching sock weight, I would recommend anything with a halo like this to be considered a significantly larger gauge yarn than it's actual diameter. I would agree with thinking of this as more sport or DK weight, even though the yarn is much thinner. A hat or scarf would be good, or maybe some wrist warmers, but angora has a tendency to shed, so just be aware. You could also use it to trim or accent a project made mostly of some other yarn, or you could carry a smoother yarn along with it, either in a blending color to just have some extra softness and halo, or in a contrasting color to create even more interest and visual texture. Also, my understanding is that angora has a tendency to be very delicate when wet and can grow quite a bit - much like alpaca - so I also recommend washing and blocking and swatches that might be necessary - like if you make a hat.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the information,

Thanks for the information, Amanda. Whatever I end up making, I don't want to to a test swatch and then wash it because I only have the one 50-g ball. I will certainly keep your suggestions in mind though. I am thinking something with lace, even though knitting lace is a bit daunting for me.


SAPBrown's picture

A lace scarf might work.

A lace scarf might work.

Crafty Andy's picture

You could make a nice lace

You could make a nice lace cowl, something with airy and open. Of course socks are out of the questions, this will felt like crazy.

CLABBERS's picture

I was thinking along the

I was thinking along the lines of something lacy. Having only done very simple lace, this might be the time to explore possibilities.

Thunderhorse54's picture

I'm thinking it looks like

I'm thinking it looks like sock weight. Terry

CLABBERS's picture

I think it might be as well,

I think it might be as well, Terry. I'll play around with it and see what I can figure out. I do like how it looks on US6. Since I don't have enough of it to make a pair of socks, I'll have to put some thought into it. Thanks for the suggestion.