View Full Version : What do you think about this yarn substitution?

02-08-2006, 09:33 PM
Thinking about doing the sweater from the cover of the current Creative Knitting...but without the embroidery.

The yarn they recommend is this...

Kertzer Super 10 (http://www.kertzer.com/products/yarns/yarn-super-super10.html) which according to the pattern gauges at 20 st/4 inches on the larger needle (size 6/4 mm recommended). Found it at Herrschner's for 9.99 for a 250 yard hank, my size would probably take 4 to 5 hanks, so about 50 bucks. I believe this is a DK yarn.

What about using KP Shine? (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420122/yarn_display.aspx) I think it's sport weight, so a tad bit thinner, but their gauge is 6 st/1 inch on size 3 to 5 needles. If I upped the needle size, it should be closer to the above gauge. It would take 12 balls to be on the safe side, coming to $27.48.

Think it's close enough in gauge? Any other ideas?[/url]

02-08-2006, 10:02 PM
Well I just finished a top using Shine, and I wouldn't want to use anything much bigger than a size 5 needle with it. The fabric would just be a bit too loose. You don't really want your sweater to be see-through, right?

02-08-2006, 10:26 PM
It calls itself a dk/worsted weight yarn, so it's between the two.

Another site called in dk, and a third called it worsted.

At 20 st per 4 inches, I'd look at worsted, because I also think that dk would make a too loose fabric. If you can find something that calls itself light worsted that would be about the same.