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Old 12-29-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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My LYS owner walked me through the steps recently when I had to substitute a yarn for my Skacel yarn ad sweater. The first thing she did was look at the gauge, and we tried to match that in a fibre I liked. There wasn't enough in stock of the colour I liked, so then we went down a size of weight, {to double strand it}. Then I purchased enough yarn to cover the yardage of the sweater based on the original yarn's requirements. Just going by grams/ounces wouldn't have worked because I was using a completely different fibre. We allowed extra since I needed to alter the pattern a bit, as well as to allow for the double stranding possibly taking up more yarn than the original. I got home and knitted up a sleeve, checking my gauge after I had about 5-6 inches knitted. Once I changed my needles to get the correct tension, I completed the sleeve to make sure that I would have enough yarn to complete my project.

This was a fairly involved process, but well worth it considering the investment I've made into this sweater. Several alterations to what the original pattern called for, so it required me double-checking everything. What I learned the most from this is to check your tension very carefully, and make sure you have your yardage "covered" for the pattern.
May all your projects be frog-less, and all your patterns error-free!

Nicole's Crochet Bistro
NCB/The Purl in the Oyster {patterns & stitch markers}
The Purl in the Oyster {my blog}

Year of the Sweater KAL: Pinwheel Top {Skacel Yarn Ad Sweater} in two strands of Sirdar Denim Chunky {just needs seaming}
Current UFO Extermination Project: Homespun sweater coat {frogged and being reknit}
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