Yarns & Threads

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Yarns & Threads
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 10:21am

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Registered: 09-04-2009
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 7:27am

Here are some yarn substitutions by brand...I found this on the Annie's Attic website.

Yarn Substitution List

The following is a list of yarns and the respective needle or hook sizes necessary to meet the recommended gauge. This gauge is an average gauge specified by the yarn manufacturers, one that they feel works best with their yarns. Be sure to read your pattern to check the designer's gauge for that particular project, then make a gauge swatch with the yarn you wish to use.

Fingering yarn
Needle size: 0-3 (2-3.25mm)
Knit gauge: 7 or more stitches = 1"

Hook size: D/3-E/4
Crochet gauge: 22-28 stitches = 4 inches

  • Bernat® Baby Soft, Bernat® Lollipop

  • Brown Sheep Cotton Fine, Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn

  • Patons Beehive Baby Yarn, Patons Kroy 3- and 4-ply

  • Plymouth Cleckheaton Merino Bambino 4-Ply, Plymouth Dreambaby 4-Ply, Plymouth Gold Rush

  • Red Heart® Fingering Traditional, Red Heart® Fingering Pompadour

Sport yarn
Needle size: 4-6 (3.5-4mm)
Knit gauge: 7 sts = 1"

Hook size: F/5-G/6
Crochet gauge: 16-20 sts = 4 inches

  • Bernat® Softee Baby, Bernat® Baby Boucle, Bernat® Baby Coordinates, Bernat® Coordinates, Bernat® Sport

  • Blue Sky Alpaca

  • Brown Sheep Top of the Lamb Sport

  • Caron Simply Soft Baby Sport, Caron Cuddlesoft and Cuddlesoft Pomp

  • Lion Brand® Baby Soft, Lion Brand® Jamie and Jamie 3-Ply, Lion Brand® MicroSpun, Patons Astra and Astra Bright Ideas, Patons Grace, Patons Look at Me!

  • Plymouth Wildflower DK and Wildflower Fancy DK

  • Red Heart® Baby Sport, Red Heart® Sport and Super Sport, Red Heart® Soft Baby, Red Heart® TLC Baby

Double knitting (DK) yarn
Needle size: 5-7 (3.75-4.5mm)
Knit gauge: 6 sts = 1"

Hook size: F/5-G/6
Crochet gauge: 16 sts = 4 inches

  • Brown Sheep Kaleidoscope, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece

  • Patons® Cotton DK, Patons Paradiso

  • Plymouth Applause and Applause Print, Plymouth Dreambaby DK, Plymouth

  • Encore DK, Encore Colorspun DK and Colorsplash DK, Plymouth Wildflower

Worsted yarn
Needle size: 7-9 (4.5-5.5mm)
Knit gauge: 5 sts = 1"

Hook size: H/8-J/10
Crochet gauge: 12-16 sts = 4 inches

  • Bernat® Berella, Bernat® Big Value, Bernat® Silky Soft, Bernat® Handicrafter Cotton, Bernat® Chenille, Chenille Sherbet and Chenille Fifth Avenue, Bernat® Mardi Gras, Bernat® Soft Boucle

  • Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash, Brown Sheep's Top of the Lamb Worsted, Brown Sheep Prairie Silk, Brown Sheep Handpaint Originals

  • BrySpun Kid-n-Ewe

  • Caron Perfect Match, Caron Wintuk, Caron Natura, Caron Simply Soft, Caron Sayelle, Caron Dazzleaire

  • Elmore Pisgah Peaches & Crème®, Elmore Pisgah Country Cotton Cabled, Elmore Pisgah Honeysuckle Chenille

  • J&P Coats Lustersheen and Pearl Lustersheen

  • Lion Brand® Al.Pa.Ca, Lion Brand® Chenille Sensations, Lion Brand® Imagine, Lion Brand® Jaime 4-Ply, Lion Brand® Kitchen Cotton, Lion Brand® Wool Ease

  • Patons Canadiana, Canadiana Colors, Canadiana Tweeds and Canadiana Boucle, Patons® Décor

  • Phentex Craft & Slipper, Phentex Merit

  • Plymouth Cleckheaton 8- and 12-Ply, Plymouth Encore, Plymouth Galway

  • Red Heart® Classic, Red Heart® Classic Plus, Red Heart® Fiesta, Red Heart® Kids, Red Heart® Misty, Red Heart® Soft, Red Heart® Super Saver, Red Heart® TLC

  • Spinrite Lily Sugar 'n Cream

Bulky or chunky yarn
Needle size: 9-11 (5.5-8mm)
Knit gauge: 4 sts = 1"

Hook size: K10 ½-L (7mm)
Crochet gauge: 8-12 sts = 4 inches

  • Aunt Lydia's Craft & Rug Yarn

  • Aunt Lydia's Denim

  • Bernat® Breeze, Bernat® Illusions, Bernat® Polar, Bernat® White Buffalo Unspun, Bernat® Softee Chunky

  • Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Polarweight, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Bulky

  • Caron Fascination

  • Lion Brand® Terryspun, Lion Brand® Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Lion Brand® Chenille Thick & Quick, Lion Brand® Homespun, Lion Brand® Jiffy

  • Patons Canadiana Chunky, Patons Melody

  • Red Heart® Baby Clouds, Red Heart® Light & Lofty

  • Reynolds Cabana, Lopi

  • Sugar & Creme Crafter’s Cotton




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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:00pm

Thanks Martha! That is very helpful info!!!

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Registered: 09-04-2009
Sun, 01-17-2010 - 7:17pm

Some feedback on yarns:

Vanna's Choice--so far not many have used VC yarn but those who have find it softer the some other acrylic yarns, good choice of colors, can find it a local department or craft stores and