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Topic: Help! Yarn substitute for Hot Head Beanie?  (Read 1310 times)
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« on: January 13, 2005 01:15:34 AM »

I went to my local yarn store and found out that the shop was out of stock of Lamb's Pride Bulky, so instead I purchased 2 skeins of Patons "Decor" www.patonsyarns.com , its a Medium 4. The shop owner told me if i double up the Patons yarn while knitting, it will be the same as using Lamb's Pride Bulky. Would this be true? I just want to make sure before I start.

 By the time I got home, I thought how awkward its going to be (not to mention confusing perhaps) FOR ME to double up the yarn. I wanted to be able to do the beanie the EXACT same way, but now im having to tweak things, and i dont want to make it harder since this will be my first decreasing item to make.

Also, what do you girls think would be a great yarn substitute for this beanie? Any suggestions? I would LOVE to know. Thank you for ALL of your help in advance!  Smiley

i would like to add: I wish i could wait for the shipment of Lamb's Pride that she orderedd, but she's won't recieve it for another 4 to 6 WEEKS.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2005 01:22:49 AM by Connie-Bo-Bonnie » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2005 04:00:18 AM »

You could always order it online but I know that isnt the best answer Sad
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2005 04:45:25 PM »

i'm knitting that same hat right now, and i couldn't find that kind of yarn, or any other bulky yarn i liked. I ended up just using a worsted weight yarn.. it is going to be a bit smaller and 'lacier' but it looks really good so far. it is my first decreasing project too..
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2005 09:06:58 PM »

Doubling up yarn is SUPER easy.  All you need to do is hold the edges of both skeins together and knit... that's it.  In no time, you'll forget that you're using two yarns.  If they get twisted together, so what... it may even add a nice little je ne sais quois to your hat.

As for the substitution... well, there are plenty of yarns that can sub for lambs pride bulky.  I mean, there are hundreds of bulky weight yarns being produced to choose from.  All you need to do is find out what the gauge is for the lambs pride and then find a yarn with the same gauge... or use two strands of yarn together (which is what you appear to have decided on)

**mild yarn snobbery to follow**

If anything, my only concern about your yarn choice is the type of yarn you ended up with.  There's nothing wrong with Patons Decor and there's nothing wrong with acryllic yarn, but if I choose to use acryllics, it's usually because they're really soft or have something really special going on  -- or I'm desperately broke.  There is no comparison in quality between the lambs pride and the Decor yarn...


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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2005 09:21:30 PM »

Tee hee!  I like your yarn snobbery warning, Ms. Snit. Smiley  I made the Hot Head using Moda Dea Aerie and I didn't have any problems with the sizing of the hat.  I don't have that much experience in "fancy" yarns, and I certainly don't know anything about subbing yarns, but I still have many knitting lessons yet to learn (mostly from the You Should Have Made a Gauge Swatch course of study, I'm sure).  But I sure liked how Aerie feels and it works up so pretty.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2005 09:39:31 PM »

Doubling up yarn is SUPER easy.  All you need to do is hold the edges of both skeins together and knit... that's it.  In no time, you'll forget that you're using two yarns.  If they get twisted together, so what... it may even add a nice little je ne sais quois to your hat.

  It's true, VERY easy, there's nothing to be afraid of, knit on!

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