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Topic: Berroco Softwist vs. Knitpicks Wool of the Andes  (Read 709 times)
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« on: September 07, 2007 12:48:15 PM »

Hi guys!

I love Berroco's latest pattern, Luanna, but can't afford $105 for yarn for a sweater right now.

I don't have a whole lot of experience in yarn substitution and want to know if this would be an acceptable match.

And if I like the pattern, I may do it in Softwist down the road, but for right now, Knitpicks Wool of the Andes is less than 50% of the cost.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 02:10:50 PM »

Softwist is listed as worsted, if they're using regular softwist and not softwist bulky, so you should be fine. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 08:06:50 PM »

Except WotA will probably not be as soft as the Softwist.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 11:34:41 PM »

Except WotA will probably not be as soft as the Softwist.
I was kind of thinking that, but I think that's part of the downgrade in cost. Ah well, I think I'm going to go with it and if the pattern works out well, I'll save up for the Softwist later!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2007 06:31:41 AM »

If you want something soft and worsted from KnitPicks, Swish Superwash is a great choice.  It costs more than WOTA, at $3.29 a pop, but I think that the added softness and wash-ability is worth it.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007 07:02:41 AM »

And in between is Knit Picks Merino style at about $2.49. It's sold as a DK, but comparing it to WotA, it's really about the same. It's hand wash though, not machine washable.
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2007 08:57:43 AM »

I'd definitely see if you can afford something a bit softer than WotA. Softwist is only partly wool - it has something else in it (viscose? rayon? acrylic? can't remember) so it drapes beautifully when knit up. I don't know what pattern you have in mind, but if it was designed to feature Softwist, drape might be a big part of its appeal.   
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