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Old 07-14-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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Yarn Substitution Help (New at this)
Hi everyone! While I'm working on my first pair of socks, I thought that I'd think about my next project so I can find yarn at a decent price. (Basically, anything cheap because I'm broke (my rent is more than my parents house payment--that's Southern CA life)). I probably shouldn't have gotten involved in knitting cause I can't afford it! :rofling:

Anyways, I'm wanting to make this as my first garment because it seems fairly easy:


Here's the pattern http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co...halter_top.php

Anyways, the yarn is by Southwest Trading Company, their Illusion yarn. When I go to YarnDex, the description is this:
BrandSouth West Trading Company [www] DistributorSouth West Trading Company
Yardage480 yds. Weight100g Yrn Weight Worsted Fiber Content Plant Fiber , Nylon Texture Ribbon Gauge (st. /4 in.)20 Needle Size(s) 10 US (6mm) Availability Discontinued Fall 2004 MSRP$16.00 Care


Well, considering it's been discontinued in the Fall of 2004, and the price is $16.00 ea, I'm in trouble.

I'm wondering if anyone could help me find a different yarn, similar to this, but that isn't too sheer because as it's a halter, I'd like to try and wear it without dealing with the hassles of a strapless bra, but I don't want to have to "worry" either (ladies, you understand)

If anyone could give me suggestions on a yarn that's similar, at preferably a cheaper price, I'd greatly appreciate it!

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Old 07-14-2007, 03:40 PM   #2
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You could try Lion's CottonEase. It's a cotton/acrylic blend that's worsted and inexpensive. Knits up very nice.
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Old 07-14-2007, 05:32 PM   #3
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You might want to stick with a ribbon yarn, to get as close to the specified yarn texture as possible.

A good option might be Berocco Bonsai, a bamboo/nylon worsted weight ribbon. http://www.handknitting.com/Yarn/Nat...ai-bamboo-yarn

At $5.71/50 grams, it's slightly cheaper than the original ($11.42/100g).

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Old 07-15-2007, 09:23 AM   #4
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For that pattern I think you'd be pretty safe with any worsted weight. It doesn't look like the ribbon yarn is necessarily adding anything to the design Just get something you can afford that feels good in a similar gauge.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:47 AM   #5
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You might look at Plymouth Yarn "bella color" I got mine from yarngirls.com. At $1.99 for 50 gram ball, it's very affordable.Ellie
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opps, I guess yarngirls is their e-mail address the contact address? is discontinuedbrandnameyarns.com. sorry for the mixup Ellie
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:01 PM   #7
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They also carry ribbon yarn if you want to stick with that.
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:12 PM   #8
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smileys has bernat ribbon for $1.99/skein. I've used it and its rather nice.

http://www.pagelinx.com/cgi-shopper/loadpage.cgi/smileysyarns/ezshopper?user_id=id&file=iriot.htm
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oops. screwed up the link. Try this and check the $1.99 yarns.
http://www.smileysyarns.com/
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The yardage of the original yarn showed 480. That's ALOT more than some of the yarns suggested. Just an FYI. It may not be as inexpensive a project if you have to buy lots of it!
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