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« on: January 15, 2014 02:06:36 PM »

Because I'm new to the yarn game...it never occurred to me that you can mix brands of yarn in a single project.  Roll Eyes
So as long as the yarns are the same weight and fiber, I should be good to go, regardless of brand?
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014 05:52:40 AM »

In theory, yes, but many yarn brands are different even if they are the same weight/fiber. Slight variances can make a big difference, especially if you crochet really tightly like I do. It's super important to make a gauge swatch if you're starting a big project, to see how the yarns work together. You'll save yourself a lot of headache. I make a lot of hats so a lot of times I use different brands for details and stuff, and it doesn't matter as much cause I'm just attaching them, but if you're making an afghan or something, it can make the piece wonky. Starting with a gauge swatch will save you headache of pulling out rows and rows of work. I made the mistake of not doing one when I made my first afghan and I regretted it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014 12:03:16 PM »

Thanks! I haven't done any swatches yet, but I've always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. I've always used the same brand/kind of yarn within a single project.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014 11:12:30 AM »

I mix yarns all the time but be aware, I am not a perfectionist..lol
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014 03:45:27 PM »

If you use acrylics, here are some of my observations: vanna's choice is by far the thickest of the worsted weights, and pound of love tends to be on the thinner end, with your normal red hearts and bernat super values in the middle.

It depends on the project, and how/when you're switching yarns. I've found that as long as I use the same yarn for an entire round/row of an afghan, it doesn't matter so much if different rows are slightly different in terms of yarn thickness.
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