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crocee 04-24-2009 08:51 AM

Yarn substitution question
 
I would like to make this sweater,http://www.knitting-crochet.com/coolcot.html with part of my existing cotton yarn stash. I have 24 balls of Monte Cristo cotton blend yarn, 50% cotton, 50% Acrylic. The pattern calls for 100% cotton. Can I substitute the Monte Cristo blend yarn for the 100% yarn and still have it come out right? I cast on 21 stitches and I get the required 4inches on size 7 needles.

This will be a new experience for me since I have never made anything but socks in my short 5 months of knitting. Its time to branch out and learn new things.

Simply_Renee 04-24-2009 09:42 AM

As long as you are getting gauge, substitute away! I very rarely use the suggested yarn.

The only thing I would suggest is washing & blocking a gauge swatch first, because the 100% cotton will behave a little differently.

Have fun!

crocee 04-24-2009 10:42 AM

Thank you.
I am sure I will be back with lots of questions since this is a totally new bunch of techniques.

suzeeq 04-24-2009 11:04 AM

You should probably cast on more than just 21 stitches to measure. The edge sts tend not to be the same size as in the middle and curl under. So try about 30 sts and knit about 3", then wash it like you will the sweater when you're done. Then see what happens.


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