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Old 08-23-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Yarn substitute
Hi there!

Sometime soon, I would really like to knit the "Lush and Lacy Cardigan" by SweaterBabe, and I had a question about yarn substitution.

The pattern calls for a worsted-weight angora/wool blend yarn, weight category 4. However, I have two sweater-vests, and both are for cooler weather. I'd like something for spring or summer, and it appears that the cardigan might be a good choice...except for the wool. Does anyone have any suggestions as to substituting yarn/fiber? Wouldn't cotton be cooler?

All this assuming I can get gauge, of course...

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Old 08-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Yes, cotton would be cooler.

Wool is insulating. Acrylic does not breathe.

You can search Ravelry, Yarndex or other yarn databases by weight and fiber to look for possible substitutions
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That's a very pretty sweater. I'm never completely happy with all cotton yarn. At a worsted weight, it seems to heavy. Maybe a wool cotton blend would lighten it a bit and give you the added spring of wool? This kind of project is when you really appreciate a good LYS where you can touch the yarn.
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I was thinking about Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Cotton", simply because it is inexpensive. I used it for one of my vests, and so far I am happy with it. It's an Aran weight...would that be lighter than worsted??

I will look into wool/cotton blends, though. Thanks for the ideas!
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Is this it? #70 Lush and Lacy Cardigan That's really pretty. What about a bamboo blend? I think I've read that it's good for warmer weather.
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Originally Posted by KnittinGal View Post
It's an Aran weight...would that be lighter than worsted??
Aran is a tad heavier than worsted.
If your budget can stand it, you might look into something silk-blended or something like Knitpicks Comfy, which is cotton with 25% acrylic. If the pattern can stand DK weight (which might be better for spring anyhow) you could look into cotton/linen blend. Another thing to remember is that cotton doesn't always hold very deep or bright colors well, so you might want prints or pastels.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Is this it? #70 Lush and Lacy Cardigan
Indeed it is! I really love it.

Bamboo hadn't really crossed my mind, but I'll check it out. I would be really happy if I could have a hand-knit, warmer-weather sweater! Right now, I find myself thinking, "Is it fall yet?!? I wanna wear my knitted garments!"
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Originally Posted by Becky Morgan View Post
Aran is a tad heavier than worsted.
If your budget can stand it, you might look into something silk-blended or something like Knitpicks Comfy, which is cotton with 25% acrylic. If the pattern can stand DK weight (which might be better for spring anyhow) you could look into cotton/linen blend. Another thing to remember is that cotton doesn't always hold very deep or bright colors well, so you might want prints or pastels.
Sounds like KnitPicks Comfy is a possibility! One quick question...will the acrylic in the yarn cause it to get fuzzy and worn-looking more quickly? I made a book cover recently out of all-acrylic yarn, and it is already rather rough-looking. Granted, it is 100% acrylic. Maybe the small amount in KP's Comfy won't make any difference...?

Thank you all for your help!
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