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Posted - 04/05/2002 :  09:50:47 AM  Show Profile Send Emaruottolo a Private Message
When following an older pattern, most of the times the recommended yarn is no longer available. A forum that addresses this would be most helpful.

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Posted - 04/05/2002 :  10:17:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
[purple]Generally, you can substitute any yarn that is of the same material and the same weight. The pattern should tell you (under "gauge" or "tension" how many stitches per inch at a particular needle size is required. You can then compare that information to yarn lables to get a substitute. If you're lucky, the pattern will also tell you how many yards of yarn you need, which will tell you how much of your substitute yarn to buy. You don't want to simply buy the same # of skeins - yarn skeins vary hugely in yardage - from merely 50 yards to more than 200 - so your yardage is the key.

THe reason I noted "same material" is that not all materials work the same. For instance, cotton has no "give", whereas wool and acrylic are more stretchy.

I find that the research I do to find substitute yarn is really fun, and I discover wonderful yarns I never knew existed that way. Have fun!

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Posted - 04/13/2002 :  7:10:51 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Hi, Elisa:

Try Its kind of a kick of a place that has old patterns (talk about old patterns when my Auntie Leashie died my Uncle Bill gave me not only all of her knitting needles and crochet hooks--some bone, knitting books galore.) Let me know I just might have the pattern, but then I would have to find it. I am getting my act together, NOW, well, sort of. Beverley

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