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« on: January 07, 2006 10:30:34 AM »

I am not especially new to knitting, but I have never really branched out much from scarves/hats, and have always just made things up based on what I had on hand. Now, however, I have my heart set on Knitty's Candy sweater(http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTcandy.html). I need advice about how to find the right yarn online. I have spent time browsing various sites, but just wind up confused.

I can't find the brand that is listed in the pattern, but I have a feeling I wouldn't be able to afford it even if i could. What is an easy way to know that another yarn will be a good substitute? I know that the gauge listed here is 18 sts/25 rows = 4", but how do I know what category of yarn that is (ie: worsted, etc)?

The internet can sometimes be totally overwhelming: thanks so much for y'alls help.

You gotta do something besides kill drifters to get erections.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2006 07:34:22 AM »

When I substitute, I start with the size I need.  The pattern states the yardage of the recommended yarn, so multiply that by the number of balls you need for your size.  Now you have the total (approximate) yardage you'd need with the recommended yarn.  On your trip to the yarn store, look for something that has a guage close to "18 sts/25 rows = 4, on #7 needles", and buy enough to equal the yardage you figured out already.

Elann.com gives these details about your yarn:
Schoeller Esslinger Geisha
Fibre Content: 80% Acrylic/ 20% Mohair
Made In: Turkey
Care: Hand Wash/ Dry Flat
Gauge: 18 st/4 inches 3.5-4.5 mm (US 4-7)
50g (1.75 oz) ball Yardage: 210 m (229 yards)

And this website shows how the yarn looks worked up by this person (you can click on the image to see the sweater close up):

I tried to find an image of a swatch of yarn, but couldn't find one.
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