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Michaela Richmond
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« on: September 02, 2016, 05:11:16 AM »

I want to start knitting a man's scarf using the "A Warm Scarf or Comforter for a Gentleman" pattern from The Ladies Book of Useful and Ornamental Knitting and Netting Work, published in 1847. (Stephanie Ann kindly has the pattern posted on her blog http://worldturndupsidedown.blogspot.com/2016/01/easy-knitting-civil-war-scarf.html?m=1 )

My question is: what is the modern yarn equivalent to four-ply fleecy or six-ply Lady Betty wool?
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2016, 07:26:10 AM »

Have you taken a look at Ragged Soldier's "Knitting Reference Card"? http://www.raggedsoldier.com/knitcards.html
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2016, 09:38:37 AM »

I want to start knitting a man's scarf using the "A Warm Scarf or Comforter for a Gentleman" pattern from The Ladies Book of Useful and Ornamental Knitting and Netting Work, published in 1847. (Stephanie Ann kindly has the pattern posted on her blog http://worldturndupsidedown.blogspot.com/2016/01/easy-knitting-civil-war-scarf.html?m=1 )

My question is: what is the modern yarn equivalent to four-ply fleecy or six-ply Lady Betty wool?

Hi Michaela...I've done a good bit of research on period knitting, and put some of that information in an article that was published in Piecework several years ago.....there's a slightly different version of it to be found at the ragged soldier site that Elaine mentioned, and can be found here: http://raggedsoldier.com/knitting_wife.pdf. Four ply fleecy can range from a heavy fingering to a light sport, depending on the garment, use, needle size, etc...USUALLY it is in the fingering weight range, but considering this is for a men's scarf, you can go up to that sport weight safely, particularly since the pins called for work up to a modern size 5 or 6.  Take a look at the article, and then the cards that Elaine mentioned are some that Virginia Mescher and i created based on comparisons listed and noted in the article.

Hope that helps!

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