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Yarn substitution made easy : matching the right yarn to any knitting pattern / Carol J. Sulcoski.
Publication Information:
New York : Lark Books, 2019.

Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
A comprehensive guide to learn to evaluate the types of yarns and patterns that are best suited for each other when changing the yarn in knitting patterns.


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746.432 SUL Book Adult General Collection

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An in-depth guide to choosing the right yarn for your project--including 10 patterns that explore how different yarns affect the outcome of your final product.

When beginning a project, every knitter confronts the question: "What yarn should I use?" The answer can be complicated. Sometimes the recommended brand is unavailable or too expensive--or you'd rather use extra yarn from your stash. But even similar products might yield different results, altering structure, size, and texture. Now, trusted knitwear designer and teacher Carol J. Sulcoski provides solutions to this common conundrum, offering a wealth of information. She explains what characteristics to consider when substituting yarn, and gives guidance on calculating the quantity of yarn you'll need and how to evaluate your swatches. Ten projects offer case studies of yarn substitution in action; each finished project shows suitable alternatives and reveals how yarn choice affects every aspect of the item.

Author Notes

Carol J. Sulcoski is a knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer, and teacher. Her books for Lark include Self-Striping Yarn Studio , Sock Yarn Studio , and Lace Yarn Studio (all Lark); she is also the author of Knit So Fine and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (both Interweave). Carol's work has also appeared in such magazines as Vogue Knitting , KnitSimple , Interweave Knits , KnitScene , and Noro Magazine . Carol's hand-dyed yarns can be purchased at She lives in Villanova, PA.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 10
Part I Yarn Fundamentalsp. 12
1 The Big Three: Stitch Definition, Elasticity, and Drapep. 15
2 Fiber Content: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineralp. 25
3 Yarn Construction: Singles, Plies, and Morep. 49
4 Visual Effects: Solids, Multis, and Beyondp. 67
5 Classification: Putting Yarn in Its Placep. 77
Part II The Substitution Professp. 96
6 Why Substitute?p. 99
7 Selecting the Perfect Substitute Yarnp. 107
Part III Patterns for Practicingp. 116
Blissful Beanie: Stitch Definitionp. 119
Sweet Valley Cardigan: Drapep. 125
Nina's Hanska: Elasticityp. 131
Clancy Capelet: Color Effectsp. 135
Stacy's Mom's Cowl: Unusual Yarn Constructionp. 139
Miz Brown's Mittens: Stranded Knittingp. 143
Shirl's Shawlette: Lacep. 147
Pebble Dash Tunic: Texturep. 151
Sadie's Shrug: Novelty Yarnsp. 157
Little Bird Slouchy Cap: Hand-Painted Yarnsp. 161
Resources/Bibliographyp. 165
Knitting Abbreviationsp. 167
Yarn Classification Chartp. 169
Worksheetsp. 170
Indexp. 172
Acknowledgmentsp. 175
About the Authorp. 176