I'm eventually going to knit a sweater for myself, loosely based on Knitty's Candy
, except in one solid color and without the extraneous panels.
1. a. What kind of fiber would you substitute for the mohair/arcrylic blend? I went to a yarn store today and I was recommended Blue Sky brushed alpaca and *something* else, though I remember it was mostly arcrylic.
1. b. Is there anywhere online to pick up these fibers for cheap? Or did I choose the exact wrong fiber to go cheap on?
2. How much overlap does one knit to allow for buttons/buttonholes? The pattern has crocheted, external buttonholes but I'm at a size where that will strech wierdly. I bought a couple buttons that are about 3/4 of a inch wide, if that helps.
3. How do you determine how much yarn you're going to need? I've only done smaller projects so this is very, very new to me.
And that's almost four questions, but I hope you forgive me.