View Full Version : Substituting Lion Brand Wool Ease for Elann? Newbie Needs Help!

06-07-2007, 03:18 PM
I am going to start on mom's Christmas cardigan now! It's the Lion Brand Three-Seson Cardigan Jacket (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/640.html?noImages=) but in a nicer color than Heather Grey!

I'm very unsure about substituting yarn yet and especially how much to buy, especially since it's an online order. Perhaps someone here can tell me if they have more experience.

I would like to substitute the Lion Brand Wool Ease (http://cache.lionbrand.com/yarns/woolease.htm)
recommended for Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool (http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann%2Ecom+Peruvian+Highland +Wool&Cat=&ProductType=5&Count=1). I used the latter which was the recommended yarn for my Sun Ray Shawl (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=53185) (Elann pattern) and was very satisfied with how it came out and how it feels.

The Peruvian Highland Wool is:
1.75 oz.

Wool Ease is:
3 oz.

Since both are wools and I THINK.......Aran/medium weight, can I assume I need about 50% more of the Peruvian Highland Wool (going by the info above)?

Any thoughts? If you have other yarn to recommend, or tips, that's OK too, keep in mind, I'm thrifty.

06-07-2007, 04:05 PM
the highland wool is a thinner yarn, so you are going to have to do one of the following to sub it, make a swatch (for both options) and try different needles until you get the gauge reccomended in the pattern
the manufaturers Gauge for the elann yarn
19 st/4 inches 4.0 - 4.5 mm (US 6-7)
the manufaturers gauge for the lionbrand yarn
18 St sts + 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 8 (5mm) needles
the gauge for your pattern is
13.25 sts + 25 rows = 4in. (10 cm).

your other option is to swatch your elann yarn and find your gauge for a fabric drape you like (larger needles = looser stitches will give you a floppy drape, and smaller needles = tighter firmer fabric), and do some math to figure out how many stitches per inch your swatch gives you, and cast on the number needed to give you the size you want. make sense? :shifty:

06-07-2007, 04:31 PM
Thanks! I am not familiar with Elann's yarns, I'll look at them and see if they have one that is a similar oz/weight. Would that be good?

06-07-2007, 04:46 PM
i would think your idea would work great!
how abut this yarn? Peruvian Sierra Aran (http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann%2Ecom+Peruvian+Sierra+A ran&Season=&Company=&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=6),
Peruvian Uros Aran,
(http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann%2Ecom+Peruvian+Uros+Ara n&Season=&Company=&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=7)i think the highland wool will work, you just might have to go down one or two needle sizes to get gauge:mrgreen:

06-07-2007, 05:06 PM
One thing I would point out is that the Wool-ease is machine washable while the Elann yarns are not so if you substitute the cardi will have to be handwashed. Dunno whether that makes a difference to mom or not.

06-07-2007, 05:10 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD POINT!!!!!!!!! Wool Ease it is!

06-07-2007, 09:32 PM
You're very welcome! There are a couple of yarns that are similar to Woolease, also machine washable but of a little better quality if you prefer something with a little more wool. Woolease is only 20% wool and 80% acrylic. Plymouth Encore and Patons Decor both have 25% wool to 75% acrylic. You might find the Patons Decor at a crafts store but the Plymouth Encore would more likely be found at yarn store.

I think that is really nice of you to make something for your mother!