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Feb 25, 2012 02:15:21   #
wildsong
 
I've found my next project, it calls for Lorna laces pearl, a silk- bamboo blend, that costs about $40 or more a skein.

Does anyone have any suggestions for something similar that would be more affordable?

Here is the pattern: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/08/craft_pattern_splash_swimsuit.html
 
Feb 25, 2012 02:22:34   #
birdgirl
 
How about sock yarn, any brand? More joins, but less expensive.
Feb 25, 2012 02:36:57   #
Dreamweaver (a regular here)
 
Check out KnitPicks. They have lace weight much more reasonably priced. They also have a nice cotton in three different sizes. The smallest might make a good substitute as well. You really just need to look at the gauge and match that info. on another yarn.
Feb 25, 2012 02:46:36   #
kathome
 
Patons makes a silk bamboo. Knitting warehouse sells it for 5.50 ball, but it's a #3 weight. Not sure what your pattern calls for.

http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/yarn-patons-silkbamboo.html
Feb 25, 2012 02:57:52   #
peachy51
 
That is really cute and I bookmarked it. If I make it I will probably use the Caron Spa ... it is a cotton/bamboo blend and feels and looks wonderful ... would be great for the beach.
Feb 25, 2012 04:24:09   #
mavisb
 
Dreamweater beat me to the punch, I was going to suggest a cotton but there other ladies have put forward some lovely suggestions.
 
Feb 25, 2012 16:05:29   #
wildsong
 
There is the same pattern in a top http://knitty.com/ISSUEff11/PATTdatenight.php

i think I'll knit that up first in the sub yarn to see what it knits up like. Then if's its too heavy, It would still be usable. Thanks for all the suggestions!
Feb 26, 2012 07:20:43   #
roseknit (a regular here)
 
How about Patons Lace
Feb 26, 2012 07:46:24   #
flginny
 
wildsong wrote:
There is the same pattern in a top http://knitty.com/ISSUEff11/PATTdatenight.php

i think I'll knit that up first in the sub yarn to see what it knits up like. Then if's its too heavy, It would still be usable. Thanks for all the suggestions!


Be sure to read the advice with the pattern on this page about substituting yarns..........

Virginia
Feb 26, 2012 10:07:51   #
Ronie
 
it calls for size 7US needles.. 20 stitches per 4 inches... so that would be 5 stitches an inch... look at different yarns and see what would be comperable... the Yarncouncil has a chart http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html from this chart it looks like a size 3 weight... So then I would look in KnitPicks or any other online yarn source you like and see what they have available in that weight yarn.. Best of luck Ronie
Feb 26, 2012 11:53:06   #
ghosking
 
wildsong wrote:
I've found my next project, it calls for Lorna laces pearl, a silk- bamboo blend, that costs about $40 or more a skein.

Does anyone have any suggestions for something similar that would be more affordable?

Here is the pattern: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/08/craft_pattern_splash_swimsuit.html


This is gorgeous :) Thank you for sharing the link. I agree the yarn appears to be a bamboo/silk blend so it sounds like it would be a great match :) Let us see a picture when you are done :)
 
Feb 26, 2012 13:23:57   #
templetb
 
I look at the yards per grams. This yarn is 220 yards per 100 gm ball. Most yarns come in 50 gm balls, so that would be 110 yards per 50 gram ball. A substitute yarn that is very close to that number, should be able to give you gauge. Stitches per inch can be very imprecise. I get best results substituting by yards per gram. You could do cotton, cotton/bamboo, cotton/linen, bamboo/silk, cotton/silk. Remember that cotton, linen and silk do not stretch like knitting wool, so they take some getting used to and don't knit tight or you will have trouble getting your needle into the stitch.
Feb 26, 2012 18:25:44   #
Ingried
 
A Cotton-blend should do fine.

Nice cover-up.
Feb 26, 2012 19:33:33   #
Hannelore (a regular here)
 
Ronie wrote:
it calls for size 7US needles.. 20 stitches per 4 inches... so that would be 5 stitches an inch... look at different yarns and see what would be comperable... the Yarncouncil has a chart http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html from this chart it looks like a size 3 weight... So then I would look in KnitPicks or any other online yarn source you like and see what they have available in that weight yarn.. Best of luck Ronie


Thanks for the information about the site for the different yarns. It will help me here with our ply substitution. Will keep that site on hand. :thumbup: :thumbup:
Feb 26, 2012 19:39:07   #
kjacobsonlv
 
I was just in Joanne's and they had a silk, bamboo yarn that was not $40 a ball.
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