View Full Version : Sub yarn for Noro Silk Garden yarn?

12-23-2006, 03:30 PM
I fell in LOVE :inlove: with this shawl (http://www.knittinggeek.com/images/shawlgarden.jpg)! I asked the site owner what type of yarn she used, and she said Noro Silk Garden. While I think the yarn would be dreamy to use, unfortunately, mohair is quite itchy for me, even in very small proportions (and it's nearly half the fiber content for this yarn). :verysad: Does anybody have any comparable yarn suggestions as far as drape and the beautiful striping? The gauge is 4 stitches per inch, aran weight, needle size 7-8.

12-24-2006, 08:02 PM
i saw one of those eleanor wraps done in karaoke (http://soysilk.com/) instead of silk garden and it came out gorgeous! here (http://static.flickr.com/26/98824052_bf649e0ca5_o.jpg) is one in silk garden and here (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v357/nimrodel70/Nov_Dec_2005/knitting/EleanorFinished.jpg) is one in karaoke, a more subtle colorway clearly. (i'm a huge fan of the mermaid mix myself.)

eta: photos borrowed from blogs... i hope that's ok! full credit: karaoke lady eleanor stole can be found in greater detail here (http://nimrodel70.blogspot.com/2005/12/lady-eleanor-entrelac-stole-finished.html) and the silk garden version belongs to this site (http://www.figandplum.com/archives/000623.html) ok i feel better. :)

12-24-2006, 11:44 PM
Thank you!!! This is very pretty yarn...but may I ask (and maybe I should already know :oops: )--what is "soysilk" yarn?

12-24-2006, 11:46 PM
it is a silk alternative made from the by-products of making tofu. it's very soft like silk, but it has warmth to it, and a lovely drape. karaoke is a 50/50 blend of soysilk and wool so it felts too.

12-25-2006, 01:06 AM
maybe Paton's SWS would be ok for you

12-28-2006, 03:59 AM
How about a 100% Merino Wool? However, you would be called upon to coordinate your own colors for the striping sequence. Fun!

I knit with NORO Silk Garden quite a lot, and it knits as a worsted weight, although it 'looks like' a DK weight in the skein.

Another idea: how about using same-qauge yarn leftovers ? Just start with a color til it runs out, and attach a new color using the "spit/splice" invisible technique, and carry on!