How To Buy Yarn For A Pattern: Substituting One Yarn Brand For Another

Shopping for yarn is my favorite part of knitting; walking into a yarn store is to experience an extensive color palette and tactile pleasures. But sometimes it is not possible to find the yarn asked for in a pattern, so a substitute is necessary. Substituting yarn is not simply a matter of replacing one ball…

Thin Or Thick Or In Between: Yarn Weights

Yarn is produced in a variety of thicknesses, called “weights”. The yarn strand varies in thickness from very fine to super bulky. Somewhat less than exact, weights are useful as a guideline in choosing yarn for your projects, particularly when substituting one brand for another. Many pattern magazines such as Vogue Knitting categorize yarn weights…