HOW TO SUBSTITUTE YARN IN A KNITTING PATTERN\nTo substitute the suggested yarn in a knitting pattern, here's what you need to consider:\nCHARACTERISTICS OF THE ORIGINAL YARN\n\nFIBERS: Merino wool, alpaca, cotton, hemp…\nSTYLE: Hairy, woolen, silky, number of ply\nCOLOR TYPE\u0026nbsp;: Solid, striped, gradient, speckled?\nYARN WEIGHT: Lace, sport, fingering, worsted…\nLENGTH (YARDAGE) \u0026 SKEIN (OR BALL) WEIGHT\n\nTHE FINAL USE OF KNITWEAR\n\nIs it a seasonal garment?\nDurability (will be worn in shoes?)\nSoftness (worn on the skin or over a sweater?)\nMaintenance (must be machine washable?)\nDrape (must be smooth or needs toning).\nWas the yarn in the original pattern knitted with larger needles than the recommended size to achieve an openwork effect?\nStranded colorwork (fairisle) ideal with woolen yarn\nMust be feltable (choose an untreated wool, i.e. the yarn must not have the mention "superwash")\n\nCALCULATION TO SUBSTITUTE THE REQUIRED QUANTITY\nHere is how to calculate the amount of required yarn when using a different yarn than the one suggested in a knitting pattern.\nNOTE\u0026nbsp;: \u0026nbsp;If the yarn specifications are not identified in the pattern, Google and Ravelry.com will always be your best allies!\n\u0026nbsp;\n\n\n\nORIGINAL YARN\nSUBSTITUTE YARN\n\n\nCollection Louise Robert\nAlgua Marina\nKatia Concept\nSeacell Cotton\n\n\n70% silk, 30% seacell\n250 meters\u0026nbsp;\/ 100 grams\nGauge\u0026nbsp;: 20 to 22 sts = 10 cm\nSug needles\u0026nbsp;: 3 \/ 4 mm\n75% cotton, 25% lyocell\n120 meters\u0026nbsp;\/ 50 grams\nGauge: 21 sts = 10 cm\nSug needles\u0026nbsp;: 3 \/ 3.5 mm\n\n\nQuantity required to knit the pattern in the chosen size\u0026nbsp;:\n5 skeins\nSee the answer below\n…\n\n\n\nCalculation of the meters required to knit the pattern\u0026nbsp;:\n250 meters x 5 skeins = I need a total of 1250 meters\n\u0026nbsp;\nCalculation of the quantity required in the substitute yarn\u0026nbsp;:\n1250 meters ÷ 120 meters = 10.41 rounded to 11 balls\n\u0026nbsp;\nMAKE SURE TO MEET THE SUGGESTED GAUGE\nSUGGESTED GAUGE\n10 STITCHES \u0026 11 ROWS = 10 CM²\nIn most patterns, the number of rows suggested in the gauge is not very important since you can easily add or subtract rows to get the required length.\nOn the other hand, the number of stitches must be the same to get the right knit size (unless you are knitting a shawl or other garment for which the final size is not important) but take note of the following:\nNOTE: a different gauge could mean that you will use more or less yarn than indicated in the pattern so be sure to take this into consideration!\n\n\u0026nbsp;\nTO GET THE PRINTABLE VERSION OF THIS POST, CLICK HERE!