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stacyk9
02-27-2007, 02:12 PM
I want to try the My So Called Scarf, but I can't in good faith spend that much on yarn, not yet. I'm a new knitter and if I have to restart the scarf like my last one, I would rather do it with a not-so-expensive yarn. What type of yarn would be a good substitute?

Thanks!

Stacy

Jan in CA
02-27-2007, 02:34 PM
Check the gauge and go with a yarn that is a similar gauge.

I gotta tell you though that with a scarf it doesn't make that much difference. Find a yarn you like and start knitting! When you feel comfortable with your knitting and the pattern you can go for a "better" yarn if you want. ;)

This is a good site to find yarns by gauge, etc.
http://www.yarndex.com/

candicane
02-27-2007, 03:28 PM
I think the stitch pattern of the So Called Scarf really shows off any varigated yarn nicely.

candice

Cristy
02-27-2007, 03:33 PM
What about Paton's SWS??? You'll have to feel of it and see if you think it's itchy--I don't but some do. I don't know how much it costs but I'm sure it's less than Manos! I agree w/ everyone else though--anything varigated will work just fine! :)

Julie
02-27-2007, 03:35 PM
I used the bulky 6-ply merino (http://handpaintedyarn.com/index.php?cPath=57) from handpaintedyarn.com for mine and it is soooooo wonderful. Their colors are spectacular and the yarn is so soft!!

(It looks like their stock is low right now -- usually there are a lot more colors than that. IMO the Colonia or Ejido would work too, they're just not as soft as the merino.)

candicane
02-27-2007, 03:42 PM
I used the bulky 6-ply merino (http://handpaintedyarn.com/index.php?cPath=57) from handpaintedyarn.com for mine and it is soooooo wonderful. Their colors are spectacular and the yarn is so soft!!

(It looks like their stock is low right now -- usually there are a lot more colors than that. IMO the Colonia or Ejido would work too, they're just not as soft as the merino.)

What size needle are you using with the Bulky? I am looking for a bulky that won't bankrupt me.

candice

Julie
02-27-2007, 03:48 PM
I actually used size US15 needles...I don't usually like to knit with needles that big, but they seemed best for the yarn/stitch pattern. One skein made a very skinny scarf (I wanted to be able to wrap it around and around my neck) that's 6 feet long. Not bad for $6.50! :D I love love love that yarn. :heart:

(There's a pic of my scarf here (http://heyjulie.blogspot.com/2006/12/fos-105-106.html).)

boyforpele13
02-28-2007, 05:00 AM
i started this in malabrigo (216 yards per skein so 1 skein can do it) but dropped needles to a 10 or 10-1/2 and i was quite pleased.