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  1. Jessica
    September 11, 2019

    Am trying to make an amigurumi “roast turkey”. It’s a tiny pattern and I need it to be bigger. Tried changing the pattern but that didn’t work. Calls for a #4 yarn and I am thinking of using a bigger bulkier yarn and keeping her pattern the same. Do you think it will come out bigger like I want??

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    • Kristine
      October 6, 2019

      Yes, if you use a bigger yarn (& even a bigger hook) the whole project will come out larger.

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  2. Anna C.
    May 17, 2020

    Do you think that for amigurumis its ok to use slightly different yarn? The two yarn im thinking of are both categorized as Worsted, but one suggests a 4.5mm hook while the other suggests a 5mm hook.

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    • Kristine
      May 17, 2020

      Hi Anna,
      That sounds about right. The reason you use a worsted weight yarn with the smaller hook(s) is because you want the stitches tighter so that the stuffing won’t come out.

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  3. Chelsey
    August 16, 2020

    I’m making a whale for my mother in law. The pattern calls for #4 medium yarn and I want to use #6 super bulky. The pattern says it will be 17inches tail to tip using suggested yarn. Do you think it’ll come a huge monster whale if I change yarn and still follow pattern normally? Or is there an easy way to deduct a few stitches on the initial row and continue that way?
    Thank you????

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    • Kristine
      August 17, 2020

      Hey Chelsey, is there a gauge swatch size included with the pattern? If it gives a gauge X sts and X rows = 4 inches you could take the #6 and work up the same number of stitches and see how much bigger it would be. My guess is it would add quite a bit to it, but without doing math, etc I’m not exactly sure how much bigger.

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  4. grammyto9
    October 21, 2020

    I would love to make the American Flag throw — but would like it a little smaller — can I use DK rather than worsted yarn and if so, based on yarn gauge is correct, what size would you project the final throw to be??

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    • Kristine
      October 23, 2020

      You could definitely use #3 and a smaller hook, but without actually making it I’m not sure what the finished size would be.

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  5. Catherine Peoples
    January 12, 2021

    Want to make a pebble beanie baby hat calling for H crochet hook and worsted weight. There are a variety of sizes for the pattern. I would like to use a light weight yarn to match a knit blanket I made up using double moss stitch. Could I just go up a size in pattern from New born to 3mos to accommodate yarn size difference? https://www.hookedonhomemadehappiness.com/kids-pebble-beanie-crochet-pattern/

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    • Kristine
      January 12, 2021

      You’d have to give it a try. If it’s between 4″ and 4.5″ on the last round of the increases it should end up the same size, but let me know if you have more questions so I can try to help you adjust it.

      Kristine

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  6. Jamie
    February 5, 2021

    Thanks for and easy to understand blog. I am looking for yarn for a self stripping blanket and I am having trouble finding the right weight in a color I like. Your post makes me feel like I can work with what I did find.

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    • Kristine
      February 6, 2021

      I’m so glad it was helpful, Jamie!

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  7. Lynn
    February 13, 2021

    I need to make a baby blanket for a gift, but I have resolved not to buy yarn until I have greatly reduced my stash. I have a lot of worsted weight yarn but the patterns I really love call for either baby or sport weight yarn. I have some #2 and #3 but only a skein or two of each color (I want pink or white). Do you have any suggestions (besides biting the bullet and buying the lighter weight yarn?

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    • Kristine
      February 15, 2021

      If you were to use a baby blanket pattern that called for #2 or #3 and substituted #4 yarn in it’s place you would just end up with a larger blanket. The other option is if the pattern has the multiple in it (Ex: it will say something like “mult of 4 + 1”) you can adjust the number of chains by taking them out 4 at a time (4 for this example) and that would reduce the size. It may take some playing with to get a size you want but it would be doable.

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  8. Susan
    March 8, 2021

    I want to use a #5 yarn for an Afghan pattern (“Fast and Easy Light and Lacy Afghan”) that calls for #4. The pattern calls for a J hook, and the #5 yarn I like also suggests a J hook on the wrapper. How much bigger do you think it will come out? Should I reduce the number of stitches, and if so, by what proportion? Of course, it doesn’t have to be exactly the size the pattern states.
    Here is what the pattern says:
    Measurements: Approx. 49.5in. x 66in./126cm. x 168cm.

    Hook Size J-10 (6mm.) or size needed to obtain the gauge.

    Gauge: In pat: One rep of 10 sts = 3in.; 6 rows = 3in.

    Thanks in advance for your guidance!

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    • Kristine
      July 22, 2021

      Hi Susan! I have no idea why this comment/question is just showing up on my blog now. I’m so sorry! I may be too late but I would suggest trying a gauge swatch to see if it matches what the designers gauge is. It would be really hard to figure out how much yarn without having any idea what that is.

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  9. Caisha
    September 1, 2021

    Hiya, thank you for the informative post! I was hoping to make a hooded blanket for my nephew but wanted to use a #5 velvet type yarn rather than the #4 the pattern calls for. I am okay if the blanket comes out larger but was wondering if there was a way to figure out how much I should buy in the new yarn? Would you just buy the same amount of yds the original pattern calls for even though it is a bulkier weight? I hope that makes sense!

    Thanks in advance!

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    • Kristine
      September 12, 2021

      Hi Caisha,
      You will need more yarn but I don’t know how much more. It would depend on whether you’re making the same size (same number of beg chs) or are you making it the same size and reducing the number of chains so the finished size will be the same?

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  10. Amy
    September 4, 2021

    This probably seems like a dumb question but I’d like to make this crochet whale (https://www.1dogwoof.com/humpback-whale-crochet-pattern/) and it uses weight 4 yarn but I’m thinking of a weight 6 yarn. The problem is I don’t know how much yarn I should purchase for this project. Do I buy the same amount (in terms of length of yarn) written in the pattern which was based on using weight 4 yarn?

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    • Kristine
      September 12, 2021

      You will need more, but unfortunately without doing the math I don’t know how much more. Sorry.

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  11. Karen
    November 3, 2021

    My daughter collects elephants. I am currently making a baby blanket that uses chain one and skip stitch to create the outline of an elephant. My daughter is a grown woman so naturally I don’t want to give her a baby blanket. If I change to a worsted weight yarn and larger hook but follow the same pattern, do you think it will work or will the pattern not come out looking as it should?

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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2021

      I think the pattern should change proportionately but I don’t know how much bigger it would be. Maybe throw size? You can always do a small swatch with the yarn and hook you want to use and compare the swatch size of the baby blanket. Then you can try to get an estimate of how much larger it will be.

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  12. Wickie
    November 6, 2021

    Hi! So I bought a pattern a while back for an amigurumi alien and made it with the yarn and hook that were suggested but I’d love to be able to do it with a thicker yarn. The original was with a hook of 2mm (could be done with 1.5 or 2.5). Now I’d love to make this one with way bulkier/thicker yarn and obviously a bigger hook as well and I was wondering whether there was a way of doing it without having it come out as a HUGE alien hahaha. Like is there a way for me to change up the amount of stitches and it still working out? If so, how hahaha?

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    • Kristine
      November 6, 2021

      I wouldn’t suggest changing stitch counts because, unless it’s an easy pattern, the finished product may not look the same. I would suggest going up slightly on yarn and hook size instead and keeping the instructions the same.

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  13. Tina Marie
    May 20, 2022

    This is a question, not a reply. I have a beautiful sweater pattern that calls for 2 ply yarn and I would like to use 3 ply yarn to make it heavier. I know it will come out bigger; but if I use a smaller hook (and make the gauge swatch first), will it come out nicely? Thank you for your help. (:

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    • Kristine
      May 23, 2022

      It should be ok, but the gauge swatch will be a really good judge of how the fabric will drape and whether you will like the look/feel.

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  14. Rebecca N Mike Davis
    September 18, 2022

    I need help or advice, I have a pattern for a poncho that says to use #4 yarn and a 6mm hook, I have got #3 yarn and not sure what hook to use, I know that by going up hook sizes it going to look holey. The gauge swatch is 13hhdc and 11.5 rows = 4 inches, can I make my #3 yarn work with the pattern or am I better off to look for yarn in the size #4

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    • Kristine
      September 20, 2022

      Yes, if you go down a yarn size you will also want to go down a hook size (or 2) to prevent it from getting holey. Just remember it will make the whole project smaller.

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