Yarn Substitution

Yarn Substitution….

Have you ever found a pattern which used a yarn that is unavailable or not suitable for some reason? You love the pattern, but don’t quite know which yarn to substitute for the same look or texture…perhaps you like the pattern but don’t like the yarn and want to make a yarn substitution to create a different look.

I have been thinking about this a lot this week as I am creating some Gorgeous Yarns Petit Four patterns where yarns can be substituted for each other. (More about Petit Fours later.) I have found 2 really good sources of advice for yarn substitution at www.yarnsub.com and www.knitty.com. Both these sources explain better than I can about yarn substitution; what you need to consider, texture, pattern, shape, drape etc. At Gorgeous Yarns, I try to give my opinion of what our yarns are suitable for, based on my experience as a knitter and crocheter, and also from testing and using the yarns to be sure they are gorgeous enough for you. If you are in any doubt, please do contact me and I will do my best to talk it through with you on the phone or by e-mail. I also have a handy ap which helps to calculate average meterage for patterns, so you can be sure to buy enough yarn for your project after you have converted it.  However, the best place to start with any project that needs to be a specific size is a tension square….you can adjust and alter from there.

More about Petit Fours. I have designed a “taster” of Gorgeous Yarns, with 4 mini balls of 25g of 4 of our yarns, colour co-ordinated and with 4 project patterns, all in a gorgeous box tied with ribbon. (The yarn will make one of the 4 patterns, you choose.) All you need to add is needles! These Petit Fours will be available at Proper Woolly Yarn show in May, and most colourways will be limited edition. They make a lovely gift for yourself or a yarn friend, and are an ideal way to try our yarns. They will initially only be available at Proper Woolly so I do hope you can come, say hello, and have a look at our Gorgeous Yarns, both as Petit Fours and in skeins for your all projects.

I will be telling you more about Gorgeous Yarns at Proper Woolly in the next few weeks.

Now, on my needles at the moment, the lovely “Spontaneous” shawl from Tangled Yarns, in a pink, mulberry, grey colourway, and on my hook, a cowl pattern “Claudia Cowl” from Inside Crochet issue 63 which I am making with Eco Fusion from Nurturing Fibres at Gorgeous Yarns. I’ll post pictures of both when they are finished, and I will be writing about the Cowl project in my monthly article for Inside Crochet.

Bye for now,


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