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Old 01-16-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Lion Brand Homespun Substitution
I am currently working on a shawl out of Lion Brand Homespun. It's looking too much like a piece of carpet for my liking. Do any of you have suggestions on a good substitution? I'm such a newbie that I am not brave enough to try a pattern with yarn different from what was recommended.

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Old 01-16-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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Hi, 2sweetgirls38. I recently made a capelet from a pattern that was written for Homespun. I used Misti Alpaca Chunky, a completely different yarn in texture (not nubby like Homespun), but a similar weight, rated 3.5 stitches per inch on size 10 needles. That's the thing that matters, weight (and maybe drapiness). Any bulky yarn should be able to give you the required stitches-per-inch, so go crazy.
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Thanks! I'll have to remember that. I also discovered that Lion Brand has a chart for yarn substitutions on their website. I don't know why I'm worried about it. I could just use whatever I want and make it work. I'm a bit neurotic though.
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I have substiuted Patons Shetland Chunky several times when Homespun was called for. The patterns always turn out great and I really like working with Patons.
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I've double-stranded worsted weight yarn to sub for Homespun for a shawl, and it worked great--it showed off the stitches much better than the boucle texture of the Homespun would have.
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You girls rock! I'm still a bit nervous about knitting with two strands. Any tips on that?
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