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« on: April 19, 2005 10:05:29 AM »

Hi - I wanted to make a few patterns that call for ribbon yarn, but i was wondering if there is a reg. yarn ( like a worsted weight acrylic) that would work ok as a sub? Maybe if i held 2 strands tog. to make it thicker? Has anyone ever tried this and if so, what yarn would you say worked best? thanks~

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2005 12:05:04 PM »

Well, if you use something other than ribbon, the texture will be different.  You can match gauge and get something the same shape, but the feel and drape of the fabric will not be the same. 

Also, there are quite a variety of ribbon yarns (with different widths, stiffness, material) so just because something works as a sub for one doesn't mean it will for another.

but don't be afraid to experiment.  If you have some yarns leftover from other projects, try knitting up a few swatches.  See if you can get gauge with one or more yarns held together, and what the swatches feel like and how they move. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2005 07:31:48 AM »

This doesn't get at your problem, but there's a ribbon yarn at Webs (http://www.yarn.com) in their closeout section called Casablanca that I am totally in love with.  I liked it so much, I ordered a second bag in a different color.  It's slippery, very slippery, so I have to figure out what kind of needles to use with it (I'm thinking circs would help too, to prevent the stitches from slipping off). 

You get about 1100 m for $40, or $32 if you buy enough to get their 20% discount (I think that's the price).


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