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Jan 10, 2017 16:17:14   #
lola grace
 
Has anyone bought/used the yarn HiKoo Kenzington by Skacel? The fall 2015 issue of Interweave Knits has a beautiful sweater on the cover made with this yarn. I have yet to pursue making it but in looking for yarn substitution, I can't determine if it's aran or bulky. The manufacturer calls it aran weight, WEBS & JimmyBeans call it bulky. In all probability, this sweater will be one I will admire only in a magazine.
 
Jan 10, 2017 16:22:58   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
 
it is likely just a heavy worsted. Best to check out the gauge
Jan 10, 2017 16:47:48   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
JBW: US Needle: 9-11 Weight: Bulky (12-15 sts/4 in)
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/hikoo-by-skacel-kenzington says 14 to 16 stitches/ 4 inches ... same needle sizes & 8wpi -- which makes it Bulky
you might look at the 200+ projects there that have used it.... the few I looked at -- their patterns all call for a bulky yarn...
I couldn't find it on yarnsub
Jan 10, 2017 17:42:26   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
I never go by what the name of the weight is. I just look at how many stitches per 4 inches and the needle size. That way, I can match another yarn more accurately.
Jan 10, 2017 17:45:48   #
Kcuy
 
Go to Yarn Sub you will get many different substitutions and the weight of the yarn you are looking at
Jan 10, 2017 18:19:18   #
berigora (a regular here)
 
knitnanny wrote:
I never go by what the name of the weight is. I just look at how many stitches per 4 inches and the needle size. That way, I can match another yarn more accurately.


I don't either - it's meaningless to me as Aussie yarn is not categorised in that way. I use a lot of US and UK patterns and therefore substitute yarns all the time. The gauge and the wpi are the measurements I rely on.
 
Jan 11, 2017 03:11:29   #
IndigoSpinner
 
knit4ES wrote:
JBW: US Needle: 9-11 Weight: Bulky (12-15 sts/4 in)
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/hikoo-by-skacel-kenzington says 14 to 16 stitches/ 4 inches ... same needle sizes & 8wpi -- which makes it Bulky
you might look at the 200+ projects there that have used it.... the few I looked at -- their patterns all call for a bulky yarn...
I couldn't find it on yarnsub


That would make it either heavy worsted or chunky. Going by the needle size and number of stitches is probably OK in this case, but I design patterns, and often use needles that are much larger or smaller than is recommended for the yarn weight to achieve a particular effect, so that might not work in some cases.

Interweave Knits used to list WPI, which is a much better way to judge the weight of yarn.

I have the magazine. I'll need to find it and check to see if they're still using WPI.
Jan 11, 2017 05:42:28   #
IndigoSpinner
 
I checked the magazine. They apparently no longer list WPI for the yarns used in their projects.
Jan 11, 2017 07:09:17   #
Casper1 (a regular here)
 
Good ideas!
Jan 11, 2017 14:36:38   #
NancyB in AZ
 
Check this out for wpi; http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/determining-yarn-weights/
The chart is free but you probably have to sign up for craftsy. That is free too. Add it to your cart and checkout.
Page 11 has info on wpi. This is a handy reference pamphlet.
Jan 11, 2017 15:39:17   #
berigora (a regular here)
 
NancyB in AZ wrote:
Check this out for wpi; http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/determining-yarn-weights/
The chart is free but you probably have to sign up for craftsy. That is free too. Add it to your cart and checkout.
Page 11 has info on wpi. This is a handy reference pamphlet.


Thanks!
 
Jan 11, 2017 17:51:14   #
IndigoSpinner
 
NancyB in AZ wrote:
Check this out for wpi; http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/determining-yarn-weights/
The chart is free but you probably have to sign up for craftsy. That is free too. Add it to your cart and checkout.
Page 11 has info on wpi. This is a handy reference pamphlet.


I've bought yarn from them and it arrived amazingly quickly!
 
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