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Jan 10, 2012 07:25:04   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
I need help finding a yarn to substitute for a pattern. The pattern calls for Robin Turner Back to Basics MicroWash. I checked on Yarndex and could not find this brand; did find a Robin brand but nothing about back to basics microwash.
I'm hoping that with all the experts here on KP that perhaps someone could help me. The pattern is a free pattern called Back to Basics Classic Seed and Leaf Scarf. Any help would be appreciated.
 
Jan 10, 2012 10:50:07   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
from the info I could find. The yarn is a worsted weight. The scarf pattern uses two strands held together as one throughout the pattern, knitted on a size 13 needle. There is another version of the same scarf using three strands, and size 17 needle. Find a worsted weight yarn that is light and lofty, if you want a yarn like Robin Turner's. Or you could also substitute a chunky,single,weight yarn.(sometimes called roving) Using one strand to knit with. Remeber this is a scarf and your gauge isn't terribly important.
Jan 10, 2012 16:58:19   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
Thank you Linda 6885. I finally found a phone number for the business that provided the pattern and called them. They also said the scarf was using worsted weight yarn. I began it using the recommended size 13 needle and it really did not look nice. I frogged it and moved down to a size 11 and am much happier with the look. Will see....
Again thank you for responding with your help.
Jan 11, 2012 15:19:35   #
killashandra
 
Sometimes it helps getting the right look and feel when substituting a double strand of yarn if you use two different yarns. I have used a 'fuzzy' type with a tightly twisted wool/acrylic to get a 'brushed' finish to the yarn when the original brushed style yarn was no longer available. Try thinking of the feel of the yarn in different parts instead of just a single yarn and that might give you some more ideas to work with.
Jan 11, 2012 15:39:48   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
thank you the tip Killashandra. After about 15 rows I still didn't like the feel and look of the scarf. I think the worsted weight yarn I was trying to use had too hard a finish (don't know if I'm using the correct term). It just seemed to lack the softness I was hoping for. Anyway, I frogged it and am going to look for a different worsted yarn or possibly use a double or tripple strand in a fingering weight and see how it looks. Nothing ventured nothing gained and I can always benefit from practice. LOL
Jan 11, 2012 15:58:20   #
killashandra
 
If you want a very soft worsted yarn try Caron Simply Soft. It's easy to work with, inexpensive, comes in 4 ply or bulky and I believe caron has a two ply also. It also comes in a wide variety of colors. You can try combining plys to get just the feel/color shading you want. I spend lots of time in stores feeling yarn so that when I order online I have a good idea of what a yarn feels like before I get it because I loved the look of it but when it arrived I felt it and went ugh! what am I gonna do with this? LOL I too feel that the 'feel' of the yarn is most important.
 
Jan 11, 2012 16:25:04   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
I also was thinking of trying the Caron Simply Soft or the I Love This Yarn! I like the feel of both of these and definitely like the price compared to some others. Glad to see my thinking was confirmed a possible choice. I have ak coupon for Hobby Lobby so I may try to run by there later this week.

killashandra wrote:
If you want a very soft worsted yarn try Caron Simply Soft. It's easy to work with, inexpensive, comes in 4 ply or bulky and I believe caron has a two ply also. It also comes in a wide variety of colors. You can try combining plys to get just the feel/color shading you want. I spend lots of time in stores feeling yarn so that when I order online I have a good idea of what a yarn feels like before I get it because I loved the look of it but when it arrived I felt it and went ugh! what am I gonna do with this? LOL I too feel that the 'feel' of the yarn is most important.
If you want a very soft worsted yarn try Caron Sim... (show quote)
Feb 19, 2014 09:02:48   #
SalleeVV
 
I used Caron Simply Soft in place of RT Back to Basics Microwash on the Myra's Little Sweetheart sweater (www.greatballsofyarn.com) for my granddaughter. It worked beautifully! I've made baby blankets out of the SImply Soft and they are great for newborns - so, so soft. I'm thinking of ordering some of the Back to Basics Microwash just to see the difference. The colors look beautiful!
Apr 27, 2014 20:10:03   #
barb niksic
 
For your granddaughters sweater, was it Chunky Simply Soft, or just worsted weight? the gauge sounds like a chunky, but it says RT back to basics is a worsted weight...I'm confused!
thanks!
 
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