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Old 06-19-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Yarn substitution??
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Am thinking of substituting Rowan Big yarn for Sirdar Bigga(I found it for 1/2 price on EBay). Both knit on 15mm needles. Would it work?
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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If you do, you're going to end up with either having to change the pattern, or having a different drape to the fabric. Rowan Big Wool gets 8 sts per 4", and Bigga gets only 6 sts per 4". That's a pretty significant difference in gauge. If you try to use the Rowan, you'll get a much looser, drapier, wholeyer fabric.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:39 AM   #3
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It should be close enough, you'll just have to knit a sample of the pattern to see what gauge you get with it, and adjust your stitches or use a different size of the pattern.
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Is this for the baby cardigan? And what pattern are you thinking of using, because we can help out more directly with better suggestions if you tell us that!
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the patterns is actually for a bolero/ short cardigan for me and comes from a library book. I should have said that the patten is for Rowan and the Sirdar is on sale. The pattern is actually very open and uses a yo to creat big spaces.

Gauge is (over 10cm/4") 8sts and 10 rows using over crossed openwork and 12mm needles

openwork is created with:

P, YO2, k, slip stiches purlwise,back onto left needle and knit.
(yes I am practising)

In between the openwork is simple st st.

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Old 06-20-2009, 06:31 AM   #6
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Oh-- okay, then the opposite of what I said is going to happen: The Sirdar is 25% thicker than the Rowan, so you'll get a less wholey look. Just be careful of your gauge-- 25% is a lot over the course of an entire sweater/bolero.
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Do a swatch before you start, definitely.
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