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Date Posted: 02:56:36 07/28/12 Sat
Author: Lisa Hamblin
Author Host/IP: host-72-51-181-148.newwavecomm.net /
Subject: Re: Substituting yarn
In reply to: Betty Brown 's message, "Substituting yarn" on 18:41:34 07/17/12 Tue

>For my whole life I looked forward to my retirement,
>when I could just sit around and do needlework all
>day. It's not quite that easy, but I do have a lot
>more time to crochet now. I dug out my very favorite
>patterns from the 70's and 80's that I've been saving
>and discovered that most of the yarns needed for those
>patterns have been discontinued! They didn't even list
>yarn weights, as we do now (3, 4, 4, 5 (chunky) etc.)
>Can anybody tell me what yarn to use for a pattern
>calling for Unger's "Fluffy"? And how about Bernat
>"Cool Crochet" light worsted weight yarn? Is there a
>book or key guide that I can buy that might guide me?

If your pattern is for a wearable and a gauge is listed in the pattern you can audition various yarns by making a gauge swatch for comparison. If the pattern isn't a wearable... maybe an afghan... then choose a yarn you like and go for it.

You can actually purchase limited amounts of Unger's Fluffy yarn online. According to this page:
the Fluffy yarn is 5 stitches per inch... making it a worsted weight yarn. Therefore, any yarn that will yield 5 stitches per inch should be a good subsitution.

I read online that Bernat Cool Crochet yarn is a light worsted weight... this page offers ideas for yarns to use instead.

Hope this helps.

Lisa Hamblin

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