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Old 08-03-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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Yarn Substitution Question
I have a pattern for a cowl that I want to substitute a cotton yarn (worsted weight) for the alpaca/wool worsted called for in the pattern. The pattern states the weight of the wool yarn as 100 grams. The cotton yarn is 50 grams. Would I be safe to make the substitution? Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to KH. I'd look at the yardage given for the 100 gr of wool and buy the same yardage (plus some extra) in the cotton. It's a good idea to get an extra ball or two just in case you need it.
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Thanks... I will. Do you think I need to adjust the needle size?
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The only way to know what needle size will work is to check your gauge. You may get gauge with the suggested needle size or you may need to go up or down a size or more. How important gauge is depends on how important it is to have exact measurements. With a cowl you should have more "wiggle room" on the gauge than with, say, a sweater. A link to your pattern would be helpful.

When you change to a cotton yarn in a pattern written for wool, you may get a rather different result from what's pictured. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just something to be aware of.
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