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Old 09-29-2006, 09:19 AM   #1
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Substituting yarns in patterns ?......
I'm a fairly new knitter and was wondering how you know what yarns you can substitute for another in a pattern.
For instance: I'm looking at the Chinese Charm Bag in the Stitch N B*tch Book and it says you need Noro Gemsones (57% rayon/17% acrylic/21% nylon/5% cashmere/ 50g/65 yrds), 6 skeins #8.
US 10 (6mm) 24" circular needle.
Gauge is 12 sts and 18 rows = 4" in St st (k all rnds).
So do I look for any yarn that says guage is 12 sts and uses US 10?
I understand I may here "do a gauge" but with what yarn do I start trying the gauge? Does all yarn say on it gauge is .........?
Am I confused? LOL.
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:34 AM   #2
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The gauge on yarn labels isn't necessarily the same as a pattern gauge. Most patterns seem to use needles that are larger than what's used for the label gauge. Label gauge is used to designate yarn thickness, so you could look up what it is for the Noro and then look for something similar.

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Old 09-29-2006, 09:53 AM   #3
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That particular yarn is no longer available.
I haven't a clue where to start to find what yarn to use,
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Hmmm, and I couldn't find a description online for comparison. I did find this post "The weight of the Noro Gemstones is 50g/65 yards..." So you could look for something that's about 65-70 yards in 50grams.

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Further looking recommends Noro Silk Garden as a sub.

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Ok Sue. Thanks a bunch for your help,
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Try this site http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/FEATwin03TBP.html
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Thanks Julie.
Such great helpers here,
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