Successful substitution – well it works for me.

You’ve found the perfect pattern but it requires a yarn you have never heard of or you don’t want to use what do you do?

  1. Look it up on yarndex.com or ravelry.com
  2. Note the recommended tension/gauge and the texture and composition of the yarn. ie Is it smooth, fluffy, boucle tweedy and what is it made from.
  3. Don’t forget to check the row gauge as well as the stitch gauge. Nothing worse than a sweater that is too short or goes to your knees!
  4. Go and find something you want to use that has the same recommended tension and similar texture. You can go for a different texture but the finished product will look different and may hang differently.
  5. Give it a go, if you don’t like it, go and find something else. Don’t be scared of ripping it out if you don’t like it, it is all part of the experiment. Even if you swatch, sometimes you will knit 2 or 3 balls then decide you don’t like it.
  6. If you can’t find a yarn you like in  the same weight think about recalculating the pattern to what you have or search for a different one where someone else has done the hard work.
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