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Lara Neel
I had so much fun making these.

Math4Knitters Crafty Living Show 25

Lara Neel
Lara Neel

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.

Some Warnings

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.

Cheat Sheet

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.