This week I talk about swapping out yarns. The pattern I used for the example is the Twisted sock by Jodie Gordon Lucas, who is Jodiemom on Ravelry. Jodie was nice enough to do a phone interview with me about the pattern and her design process. We ended the call kind of abruptly but I want to thank her again for being so generous with her time and her pattern.
I'm sharing a cheat sheet for this process, but, in many cases, the original pattern itself becomes your cheat sheet. This is a recurring theme in this show, but remember to always do your WIP and your HIM. Which means, Width In Percentages and Heights in Measurements.
Just because you CAN get a yarn to knit at a certain gauge doesn't mean you should want to. Always check to see if the sort of fabric you like is being created by your yarn/needle/self combination. Make sure that it is neither too loose or too boardy, but always just right.
Also, the fiber content of the yarn can be extremely important. Swapping 100% wool for 100% cotton might not work very well, since the different characteristics of the cotton might make your sweater heavy with a tendency to sag out of shape. Simply be mindful and open to experimentation, and you will do fine.
Estimating the amount of yarn needed for a particular project can be tricky. I like to use a yarn estimator published by Interweave Press and, when possible, add 20% to the estimate, just to be safer.
Swapping yarns with the Twisted pattern was ridiculously easy because Jodie included such a wide range of sizes for the socks. Also, to prove further that I am a TOTAL GENIUS, I forgot to twist any of the stitches. But, the slipped stitches do still twist around the foot, so I decided it was ok. So, this week's cheat sheet outlines, generally, how to swap out one yarn for another with a different gauge. The example in the sheet is the math I did for Twisted in a worsted-weight yarn.
Yarn Estimator by Interweave Press
mmario (Ravelry link)