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« on: August 10, 2010 02:00:01 PM »

Hello, long time craftster (albeit a bit of a bystander) first time on the knitting board.
I want to knit my boyfriend a jumper for christmas- a very cliche thing to do... but hey ho.
the pattern I have calls for a lot of expensive yarn. I know from experience that yarn is quite expensive (at least in the south of england) but blimey!!
So is it a knitting sin to go for a cheaper option? Will it change the pttern (even if i go for same thickness?)?
This is my first ever big knit - I've never made anything more than some socks or gloves or ipod socks and little accessories... so any tips with that?

And one more - any good websites (UK) that I could save by buying from?

Much love

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010 05:13:04 PM »

I do this all the time! It's not much of a problem. Just make sure you get the same gauge with your yarn as the gauge given for the pattern.

I don't live in the UK, but I do know how to be cheap. When I was making my boyfriend a sweater, I bought a big sweater with nice yarn from a thrift store and unraveled it and used that yarn to make him a sweater. I ended up saving a ton of money. Even if I had used cheap yarn, I spent less. Grin
Here's a topic where someone asked about recycling yarn from a sweater and got some pretty good answers: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354140.0

Good luck with your knitting. Smiley
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010 08:15:56 PM »

Sure, just use something of a similar weight (thickness). Cotton is much heavier than wool or acrylic and may not hang the same way, so that's a consideration. But in general, everyone substitutes.

« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010 10:19:59 AM »

Thankyou to both of you!

NasalMucus, I have looked at that thread (ha ha) and have resolved to go to the charity shop tomorrow Smiley

thanks again - I love this community <3

please see my adventures in craftyland (my first blog!):
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