I'm so glad you guys're here! I've recently been pretty frustrated with the differences between working with wool and working with cotton. I live in Mexico, so it's not possible to get wool in a local store... but there's a large amount of 6-strand spun or mercerized cotton. My attempts to make something more than potholders have failed spectacularly! But I have a lot of potholders now.
What tips do you have for a wool knitter who is new to cotton? How does this change the fabric, and how should I alter the patterns? Are my wool patterns useless? What kinds of things are better made with cotton? (Useful things, not doilies.) Can I make "lace" with cotton--and does a non-frilly masculine net/lace pattern exist?
I tend to knit with average to relaxed tension, and have mostly bamboo needles with me, in the US 5-9 range, and also a set of #2 dpns I usually use for socks. I'll be in Seattle in a few weeks where I can gather more supplies, but I'm hoping to have something to knit between now and then that isn't a pot holder or tea cozy.
Suggestions appreciated! Thanks.