Lizz (freshwaterpurls) wrote in knitting,

And yet another question.

I'm sure it is apparent now that I'm not a monogamous knitter. It seems that I've finished a whole slew of projects and am now casting on for the next bunch. So one more question for you fabulous-fiber-freaks: I'm starting the Highland Triangle Shawl in Folk Shawls and am substituting yarn. While I am aware of the fact that gauge doesn't entirely matter I am confusing myself to exactly what it will do if it is off. Now for details: the gauge specified in the pattern is 14 sts and 26 rows= 4" in garter stitch. In my yarn I am getting (after blocking) 20 sts and 26 rows = 4". This will make a slightly smaller shawl, correct? Or am I backwards? Also, when substituting yarn for something like a shawl, do I keep the yardage amount the same if I am going to follow the pattern exact. If not, how do I estimate the amount. I've read a few contratidictory blurbs on the latter question and just want to make sure. Thanks again everyone!
Edit I wanted to add a bit about the yarns involved. The pattern calls for Woolpak N.Z. 8 ply with 1050 yards worth. 100% wool. It is labeled as a double knit yarn receiving 20 stitches x 29 rows on #5 needles.
The yarn that I would like to substitute is Karabella's Boise 50% cashmere, 50% superfine merino wool. It is labeled as receiving 22 sts x 24 r on #5 needles.
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