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substituting yarns

Posted by: CrochetGirl (IP Logged)
Date: July 09, 2009 12:36PM

Can somebody please help me? I'm new to crocheting (haven't even started a project yet....still in the practcing stiches stage), but wondering if I can substitute one kind of yarn for another similiar kind? The project I want to make calls for Rowan brand cotton glace and I can't find it anywhere and can't find anything online that tells me enough about the yarns to make an informed decsision about using a different brand/type of yarn. It's a summer top, so I want something light weight, and cotton if possible. I was hoping to go buy some yarn in the next couple of days to start the project, but want to make sure it will come out like the pattern states. I know I can buy it online, but not real willing to wait days or weeks for something to be shipped to me.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: July 09, 2009 01:37PM

Here is a link to a description of this yarn at yarndex.com [www.yarndex.com]

You could substitute another DK weight yarn -- cotton, linen, cotton/acrylic -- that would provide a similar amount of yardage for the 50 gm put-up. DK weight is slightly finer than worsted weight and a little thicker than sport weight.

Cotton can be processed in different ways so that it can have a bit of shine to it, be very matte in finish, be harder to the hand -- more like string in texture -- or soft with a loose twist. Depending upon what yarn you ultimately get, you may achieve gauge and overall size but the appearance may be different depending upon the finish of your yarn. This isn't a bad thing, just something to be aware of.

Posted by: carolishere (IP Logged)
Date: July 09, 2009 07:19PM

Hi, If you take your pattern into a craft store, AC Moore, Michaels, etc. I am sure one of the sales people can help you select a yarn very close to what you are lookin for.

If you get a yarn to heavy you may wind up with a top big enough to fit the jolly green giant or yarn to thin and it will only fit a Barbie doll.

Good Luck.


Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: July 10, 2009 08:03PM

Reading a little further into the yarn description it suggests that the appropriate knitting needle sizes used would be a 3, 4, or 5. It also states that a normal gauge would be in the low 20s (23 stitches per inch on #4s). This would seem more like some of the sport-weight yarns that are very available. If you check out the yarn bands for this information you can easily find a yarn that will give you size yarn you want. Then look for a yarn that is cotton or at least a cotton blend with the finish you like.

I've seen some DKs that are almost like worsteds and some that are almost like sports. This really falls into the latter category as worsteds usually call for needles in the size 6-9 range. Stitch counts usually run between 4 and 5 stitches per inch.

Remember, these are only guidelines and you have to use the exact hook to achieve the proper gauge, but this information will give you a really good idea of the right yarn to substitute.