Yarn Substitution Made Easy: Matching the Right Yarn to Any Knitting Pattern

Yarn Substitution Made Easy: Matching the Right Yarn to Any Knitting Pattern

by Carol J. Sulcoski

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An in-depth guide to choosing the right yarn for your project—including 10 patterns that explore how different yarns affect the outcome of your final product.
When beginning a project, every knitter confronts the question: “What yarn should I use?” The answer can be complicated. Sometimes the recommended brand is unavailable or too expensive—or you’d rather use extra yarn from your stash. But even similar products might yield different results, altering structure, size, and texture. Now, trusted knitwear designer and teacher Carol J. Sulcoski provides solutions to this common conundrum, offering a wealth of information. She explains what characteristics to consider when substituting yarn, and gives guidance on calculating the quantity of yarn you'll need and how to evaluate your swatches. Ten projects offer case studies of yarn substitution in action; each finished project shows suitable alternatives and reveals how yarn choice affects every aspect of the item.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454711025
Publisher: Lark Crafts
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 216,683
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Carol J. Sulcoski is a knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer, and teacher. Her books for Lark include Self-Striping Yarn Studio, Sock Yarn Studio, and Lace Yarn Studio (all Lark); she is also the author of Knit So Fine and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (both Interweave). Carol's work has also appeared in such magazines as Vogue Knitting, KnitSimple, Interweave Knits, KnitScene, and Noro Magazine. Carol's hand-dyed yarns can be purchased at blackbunnyfibers.com. She lives in Villanova, PA.

Table of Contents

Preface 8

Introduction 10

Part I Yarn Fundamentals 12

1 The Big Three: Stitch Definition, Elasticity, and Drape 15

2 Fiber Content: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral 25

3 Yarn Construction: Singles, Plies, and More 49

4 Visual Effects: Solids, Multis, and Beyond 67

5 Classification: Putting Yarn in Its Place 77

Part II The Substitution Profess 96

6 Why Substitute? 99

7 Selecting the Perfect Substitute Yarn 107

Part III Patterns for Practicing 116

Blissful Beanie: Stitch Definition 119

Sweet Valley Cardigan: Drape 125

Nina's Hanska: Elasticity 131

Clancy Capelet: Color Effects 135

Stacy's Mom's Cowl: Unusual Yarn Construction 139

Miz Brown's Mittens: Stranded Knitting 143

Shirl's Shawlette: Lace 147

Pebble Dash Tunic: Texture 151

Sadie's Shrug: Novelty Yarns 157

Little Bird Slouchy Cap: Hand-Painted Yarns 161

Resources/Bibliography 165

Knitting Abbreviations 167

Yarn Classification Chart 169

Worksheets 170

Index 172

Acknowledgments 175

About the Author 176

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