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Old 04-07-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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Questions (so many)regarding yarn substitutions
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I have a pattern for a sweater that calls for NORO KOCHORAN,It's lovely,and $19per hank,It's a huge investment for me,not only because of the cost,but because I consider myself a novice knitter. I also like the NORO SILK GARDEN,and at $10 per skein it's alot more affordable..in fact I think I like it even better,not as much fuzz (angora). I've asked online and have been told they can be interchanged. How do I know how many (more)skeins I need?
Kochoran= 176yds-100 g weight-gage 4.5sts 1 in. sz 8 needle
Silk Garden=110 yds. 50 g/rec: gage 4.5sts/1inch with a 7-8' needle. As always Thanks abunch.
p.s. I need 11 hanks of the Kochoran.

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Old 04-07-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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Multiply 176 yds by 11 (1936). Divide that number by 110 (new yarn)= 17.6 skeins and then add an add'l skein (or so).

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If you need 11 skeins of Kochoran, you need 11 x 176 yds of yarn, so 1936 yards in total.

At 110 yds per skein, you need 1936/110 =18 skeins of silk garden.
You can always add 1-2 skeins to make sure you don't run out.

As you can see, the price per skein is not a very good estimate since the yardage can differ greatly!

Noro makes beautiful yarns but it can be a bit pricey (and some people find their yarns scratchy). If you want to find something cheaper, keep the 1936 yards in mind and look at yarn with similar gauge. yarndex.com is a good place to look. Good luck!
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Big thank you for walking me though this...now I know why some of the yarn stores carry a calculator...
SOMEDAY...I want to be a good enough knitter so I can answer newbie questions~;o)
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SOMEDAY...I want to be a good enough knitter so I can answer newbie questions~;o)
It won't take long! One day I realized that I was able to answer some questions and it felt really good! Math ones still stump me though.

BTW..I've been knitting for 3.5yrs.
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I agree with Ingrid- I can't answer math questions and gauge still kicks my butt. How is it so difficult to remember to go up or down a needle size?
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Now that you've figured out how much Silk Garden to sub, did you do the math on the cost? 11 skeins of Kochoran at $19 each = $189; 18 of SG at $10 = $180, or $190 if you get an extra. So you're really not saving any money by going to SG.
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The final cost WAS a surprise,and a whole other way to look at yarn when I'm drooling over yarns,(not on the yarn of course)..I now have to agree with my math teacher of a million years ago, SOMEDAY...you'll be glad you know how to do this~
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