How To’s Day: How to Pick a Good Substitution Yarn

howtosday-icon-thumb A few weeks ago when I asked for How To’s Day ideas I got some great suggestions. Thank you to all of you who made suggestions!! Keep them coming!

Today’s subject was recommended by  Karen.  This is actually a question I get alot!

“I want to make this certain pattern, but I need to use a different yarn because __________! ”  Fill in the blank ….

  • I’m allergic to the yarn called for..
  • I can’t find the yarn called for..
  • It’s just tooo expensive.

So what do you do when you want to switch out a yarn? How do you find a suitable substitute?

Allow me to let you in on one of my (until now) best kept secrets: YARNDEX.COM

Some other great resources I turn to  are the following books:

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn By Clara Parkes

The Knitter’s Guide to Combining Yarns: 300 Foolproof Pairings * 8 Cool Projects by Kathleen Grecco

The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements by Ann Budd (I carry this one in my bag when I go to buy yarn)

No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights by Amy Singer