Time will come when you ran out of yarn for your knitting pattern and the only solution is to go for a cheap yarn to complete the project. Perhaps, there is a need to use a substitute yarn rather than the yarn recommended because you may be allergic to it else, it is so expensive and getting the recommended yarn for the pattern is difficult. Did you know that it is possible to use whatever yarn for your masterpiece? Here are some easy steps to determine a new yarn to choose for your knitting pattern.
At this point you may have checked from your box filled with yarns for knitting and are clueless on which yarn to choose to create a work of art. The first thing that you would be doing is to find out the yarn the pattern uses. Take some time to make a little research with regard to the yarn because your knowledge will be very useful in order to determine a good alternative yarn for the pattern. Thereby, you should be able to identify the weight, fiber content, yardage, and the gauge provided by the yarn. Once you have all these information, you will be able to have a clue for your substitute yarn.
You need to find a different kind of yarn that has the same weight and general gauge. Perhaps you may want to consider on the fiber that is used in the yarn. Keep in mind that whether or not it is made from natural fiber, it still has a different behavior than the other. Also, the yardage plays an important role in looking for an alternative since this will be able to determine how much you will need for the pattern.
Now, this is the step that you have been waiting for. You need to carefully swatch the yarns depending on the pattern. Remember, if you do not have the correct gauge will ruin your masterpiece. It will be able to change the looks as well as the size of the item. It is not about the knitting hooks, it is all about the right kind of yarn for the pattern.
Washing and blocking the swatch should be done in order to ensure that the yarn is in the correct size. You may have noticed that some yarns stretch else grow the moment they are washed and blocked.
Unlike those patterns sold in a crochet shop, knitting patterns are different. You need to count on the number of stitches per inch and at the same time the number of rows for every inch. Thereby, this will determine if the swatch is correct. In other words, measuring the swatch is important.
Consider this the last step where you will be labeling the swatch that is correct for the knitting pattern. Once you have the right substitute, you can now begin knitting on a different yarn.
It is always possible to use a different yarn whenever the recommended yarn isn’t available.