Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-24-2006, 01:23 AM   #1
noejusti
1st Leg of the Journey
 
noejusti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: La La Land
Posts: 105
Thanks: 6
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Need advice on substituting a cheaper yarn for silk yarn
I have been planning on making a sleeveless "high neck lace top" seen on page 92 of Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2005. It is made of silk yarn (category 3 of standard yarn weight system). The economical woman in me (OK, the cheap side of me) doesn't want to spend a lot of money on silk yarn. And I feel better knowing I am using a renewable source of fiber that doesn't involve killing the animal to get its fiber. Does anyone know a good substitute yarn I can use that will work as well with respect to drape and fit of the garment? Would cotton work, or a synthetic? I would appreciate any opinions, even if it is to convince me to just bite the bullet and buy silk yarn. Thank you.
__________________
Charity Projects (ongoing): "Stitches From the Heart" preemie hats and clothes

noejusti is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 06-24-2006, 06:49 AM   #2
nicolethegeek
Instepping Out
 
nicolethegeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Boonyville West, Manitoba
Posts: 2,362
Thanks: 6
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Depending on the other properties of the pattern specified yarn, I have had okay results substituting a quality cotton for silk. I would suggest a mercerized cotton for sure. My 2 CAD would be to buy a test ball/ skein/ hank of the yarn you want to sub with and do a large swatch of the pattern with it. See if the finished swatch gives you the end result that you want.
__________________
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}
nicolethegeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2006, 08:46 AM   #3
IrishBaby
Knitting the Flap
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 348
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
I don't have the pattern handy, but you would need to analyze what sort of properties the silk lends to the garment. Is it softness? Drape? You could posisbly substitute a yarn like Classic Elite Premiere, which is a blend of Pima Cotton and Tencel. Very soft and drapes well. Mercerized cottons have a crisp finish, which may or may not lend the sort of qualities you're looking for.

For future reference, if you're interested in sustainable resources, avoid buying acrylic yarns. Acrylic is made from plastic, and unless it's a recycled yarn (which are expensive and difficult to find), is made from non-renewable petroleum.
IrishBaby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2006, 01:01 PM   #4
noejusti
1st Leg of the Journey
 
noejusti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: La La Land
Posts: 105
Thanks: 6
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Thanks for your advice!
__________________
Charity Projects (ongoing): "Stitches From the Heart" preemie hats and clothes

noejusti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2006, 03:43 PM   #5
kemp
Grafting the Toe
 
kemp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 4,681
Thanks: 81
Thanked 107 Times in 84 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to kemp Send a message via AIM to kemp Send a message via Yahoo to kemp
You could also consider soy silk, corn or bamboo yarn. They all have similar drape qualities as silk.
kemp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2006, 04:08 PM   #6
Friskums
 
Posts: n/a
Originally Posted by IrishBaby
For future reference, if you're interested in sustainable resources, avoid buying acrylic yarns. Acrylic is made from plastic, and unless it's a recycled yarn (which are expensive and difficult to find), is made from non-renewable petroleum.
Along a similiar thought, does any one know of any where to get information on which yarn/companies/labels treat the animals humanely when shearing?
I found a blog or two that had some good comments, but nothing much online in the way of "This brand treats sheep/animals well."

Any ideas?
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help substituting yarn lovemyknitting Pattern Central 11 01-30-2010 08:57 PM
Expensive (quality)yarn-v-cheaper yarn? wholycow General Knitting 38 04-03-2008 06:13 PM
Mixing quality yarn w/cheaper yarn.. wholycow General Knitting 3 09-04-2007 01:22 PM
Sub yarn for Noro Silk Garden yarn? cookworm General Knitting 5 12-28-2006 03:59 AM
Substituting yarn Jackie M. General Knitting 1 09-15-2005 10:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:32 PM.