Hi,I've recently started knitting again after several years after discovering some of my Great Aunt's old patterns.I would dearly love to knit one of the underwear patterns I have, however I have no idea how thick the silk yarn needs to be. Does anyone know what grade silk yarn used to be? (2ply, 4ply, thinner?)Thank you very much in advance.Elbly
Does the pattern have a gauge listed? If so, go to yarndex.com and search by gauge.
You will want to use a lace weight or a finger weight yarn. You will also want to find something with a cotton blend; a wool/silk blend if you just want to make the "vests" or camies. If you do decide to make the panties when you come to the crotch area, change to a cotton or you will have a yeast infection! Trust me, I went through trial and error here. Have fun with these patterns, because I also knitted them up for summer tops to be worn under a nice sheer blouse. If you go for a medium weight yarn, you will have to make some swatches. This is because you can either wind up with a monster size top (which may not be too bad for ample breast or broad back!)you can reach me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
It's me again. I forgot to tell you, try samples in both 2ply and 4ply. Especially because different yarn companies machine ply and with finger weight and sport weight yarns you will have to read the labels with the stitches per inch. That will help you with your gauges. Most of the old patterns went by ounces and then gave you the stitches per inch. That will help you more than anything else.Good luck again. Importantly, have fun with this.