If you’re new to knitting or you’re coming back to knitting then you might be wondering how to substitute yarn for a knitting pattern. You might pick up an American pattern or find one on ravelry and they recommend a particular yarn but the cost or availability isn’t working for you. Well it’s time to substitute. Now in the early days I’d get out my Bendigo shade card or go to the knitting shop with pattern in one hand looking at balls of wool. Or ask a friendly shop assistant for some help. These days I go to the stash which has definitely grown from those early days.
And the easiest thing you can do and if you’re online this will be easy is to go to Ravelry. You will see along the top the word ‘patterns’. So you’re going to click on it, then you’re going to type in the pattern you want to make. Let’s say we’re going to make Grannys Favourite by Tikki so I type in the pattern name.
And then along the top we see Yarn Ideas…this will tell you what yarns people have used for the project
and if you click on where it says how many times it has been used it will bring up the projects with that yarn. Too easy.
You can also work the other way and let’s say you have a particular yarn and you don’t know what to make with it so instead of selecting patterns you’re going to select Yarns from the top row and then type in the yarn, then you can see projects that people have made with it and narrow it down to baby, child, cardigan or whatever you have in mind.
I’m making this sweet baby blanket in the first photo above. Instead of using the worsted cotton from the US that is recommended, I’m using Bendigo 12 ply – Rustic in Spruce which is a gorgeous turquoise/teal colour and Luxury in Aran. The blanket will be super warm and a fraction of the price of the recommended yarn.
And just a warning this photo may offend some readers………………baby playing with brand new balls of wool…….I was so worried about putting my camera out of his reach, turned my back and he was straight into it. But not for long.
Any tips you want to share with my readers or perhaps you need some help substituting for a particular project? Hit me with it………………