Interweave Crochet – Winter 2009 – yarn substitutions

It’s always nice to be able to get the yarn recommended in the pattern, but sometimes it’s not possible.  So, with that in mind, I have come up with some substitutions for some of the patterns in this edition of Interweave Crochet.

The substitutions I suggest, of course, are all yarn brands which I stock or which I can order in.

1.  ‘Sunset Ruana’ by Sharon Falkner –

Sunset Ruana, by Sharon Falkner
Sunset Ruana, by Sharon Falkner

Yarn suggested:  Wisdom Yarns ‘Limerick’ – distributed by Universal Yarns – 15 balls (50g/175 yards – total of 2,625 yards)

Approximate Cost:  US$135.00/AUD$155 (not including postage)

Composition – 100% merino superwash, DK weight (8 ply), multi (ombre) yarn

My substitution: Happy Feet DK – by Plymouth Yarn – 90% merino superwash, 10% nylon – (100g/262 yards) – total of 10 balls required

Approximate Cost:  AUD$140.00 (plus postage of $10 – anywhere in Australia).

2.  Tatiana Pullover, by Marlaina Bird

Tatiana Pullover - crochet - by Marlaina Bird
Tatiana Pullover - crochet - by Marlaina Bird

Yarn suggested:  Blue Sky Alpacas ‘Melange’ – 100% baby alpaca – 50g/110 yard ball – (7-16 skeins required – 770 to 1760 yards)

Approximate Cost:  AUD$12.50 per ball – $87.50 to $200 total cost (excluding postage)

My substitution:  Baby Alpaca DK by Plymouth Yarn – 50g/125 yard ball – (7-14 balls required)

Approximate Cost:  AUD$11 per ball – $77 to $176 (plus postage of $10 anywhere in Australia)

3.  Twilight Duster – by Doris Chan

Twilight Duster, by Doris Chan
Twilight Duster, by Doris Chan

Yarn suggested:  Tahki Dove – 44% extrafine Merino, 44% alpaca, 12% nylon) – 163 yard/50g balls -DK weight

Amounts required:  6-9 balls of one colour (978 – 1467 yards) PLUS 4-7 balls of a contrast colour (652 – 1141 yards).  TOTAL of 10-16 balls.

Approximate cost:  US$8.85 per ball ($88.50 – $141.60) – excluding postage

My substitution: Debbie Stoller for Red Heart “Alpaca Love”

Alpaca Love
Alpaca Love

80% wool, 20% alpaca – 132 yard/85g ball – 8 – 12 balls of one colour PLUS 5 – 9 balls of contrast colour – (total of 13-21 balls required)

Approximate Cost:  AUD$6.00 per ball – $78 to $126

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