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« on: November 17, 2005 11:19:19 AM »

So, I want to knit Knitty's Bob, but alter it slightly.  I want to have the entire sweater ribbed (rather than just the top section) and I want to make it long sleeved.

Two questions, then:

1.) This should be fairly uncomplicated, no?  Anything I should be exceptionally cautious about?

2.) Does anybody have any suggestions for yarn substitutions?  The pattern calls for Rowan's All Seasons Cotton, but it's somewhat pricey (especially since I would need about eight skeins).
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005 11:21:42 AM »

Here's a link to Bob:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTbob.html
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2005 11:52:51 AM »

Altering your pattern: You might wish to reduce the stitches CO for the wrist, and then increase up to the pattern number of stitches. Otherwise your sleeve will be big and boxy. Of course you might want it to have a strictly straight sleeve.

I've learned the best way to substitute yarn, especially cheaper for more expensive, is to look at the yardage of the yarn. Don't go with weight, as wool weighs more than acrylic, etc. Rowan yarn is I think 90m/97.5 yards per skein, so look for a yarn that uses the same knitting guage, or pretty close, then look at how many metres or yards per skein. Compare to the rowan and buy  enough skeins to add up to  the total yardage for the pattern.

For example: 8 skeins X 97.5 = 780 yards. Divide this by the number of yards in the yarn you wish to use, and this will tell you how many skeins to buy.

If you are going to make longer sleeves, you will have to buy more yarn.

Hope it helps.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2005 12:15:23 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion about the yardage.

Do you happen to know, offhand, of any good (relatively inexpensive) cotton yarns for a substitution?
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