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Warming Up

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Posted - 06/30/2007 :  11:29:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit needlestohook's Homepage Send needlestohook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,

I am going to crochet a lace cardigan for my stepmother but I need
your help picking out the yarn. My cardigan pattern uses Aunt Lydia's
Shimmer yarn in color white. You can see the Shimmer yarn by visiting
this website:

It's a beautiful yarn and I would love to use it but my stepmother
wants the cardigan in black--a color Shimmer doesn't come in. Now I am
searching for a substitute. Since I cannot find the gauge for Shimmer
I am having a very difficult time finding a good replacement. From
what I can see, it looks like Shimmer is close to DMC's Senso in size
3. Is that right?

Please let me know if you have some good yarn substitutions! I
really appreciate any suggestions. And if any of you have a ball of
Shimmer around, can you tell me the gauge?

Thank you in advance!

Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/02/2007 :  9:23:22 PM  Show Profile Send PatriciaS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The description says "sport weight," so while I'm not an expert crocheter, I'd think you could look at any number of places that sell yarn and examine the various sport weight selections. I don't have a clue re your DMC Senso, but I think sport weight is a little heavier than most crochet threads I've ever seen.

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Permanent Resident

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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  1:59:00 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From most of the sites, the best things it's for are not next to the skin. One woman likes it for dishclothes, and this site

recommends it for a wrap over a top, etc.. If your stepmother is wearing the cardi over a long sleeved top, it should be nice as it's recommended for something not actually next to the skin. As to the size, It says on the ball band that it's Quick Finish, so it's hard to know if they don't recommend a hook size.

Get a ball and try it? Good luck. and HTH

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honorary angel

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Posted - 02/27/2008 :  12:48:20 AM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's a lightweight yarn, more of a baby or fingering weight than a sport. Lustre Sheen from Red Heart is nearly a direct swap and all acrylic. It certainly used to come in black, I still have 20 or 30 lbs of it buried out in the barn.

You could also easily pick nearly any sock yarn as a substitute. Crochet is easier to work to gauge and less dependant on yarn thickness than knitting. It's very easy to move the size of the yarn considerably and still get gauge. A sock yarn would make the sweater a nice supple weight and you could even get away with a hairy laceweight like Kidsilk Haze or any other mohairy type.

Chainette is gloriously shiny and supple, makes a fluid, dense fabric that is stunning. It's a mother beehotch to work with, though. It's so slippery that if you pull your hook out and lay it down carelessly, half a row will fall out. It takes commitment to use. We used to tame it regularly by holding it with another yarn, but that might come up too heavy for you. I found the Erdal site and you can call them for a retailer nearby or an online source. Personally I love the stuff and spent quite a few minutes drooling over the colors.

Then, because I'm goofy, I went looking at this site.

I am now officially peeved with needlestohook for getting me involved in looking at stuff and finding this place. OMG!! doubled and with extra exclamation points. It has white and natural chainette for $5 a lb. It has silk and tencel in laceweight for $10 a lb. It has metallics for $20. And it's less than 2 hours to the warehouse in Poughkeepsie. I am in deep doodoo.

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