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

06-07-2007, 03:42 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, 11:05 PM
Rather than figuring you'll need 1.5 times, take the total yardage needed with Woolease and divide by 109 and round up to the next whole number. That will get you the equivalent. If the pattern calls for 10 skeins, that's 1970 yds and divided by 109 it's 18, not 15 which is 1.5x10 comes out to. That's a more accurate way to figure it and you wouldn't be short that way.