Surfing Facebook business pages today, which I rarely have an opportunity to do, I stumbled upon a post from Moogly‘s Facebook page about YarnSub.com. Moogly always shares incredible content and I regret not being able to visit her page regularly. Nonetheless, the post was announcing that YarnSub.com helps you search for a yarn to replace that which you need for a project. “Our yarn database contains all the major yarn brands and a lot of lesser-known brands too. You can search for yarns by their name, brand, weight (e.g. worsted) or fiber content,” says on the first page of their site.
Apparently, this is an entire database that helps you… YEP- Substitute yarn!
Read the following snippet from their site about: How to substitute yarn
There is an art and science to yarn substitution
Successful yarn substitution is not just a matter of matching gauge. Other factors can be even more important depending on what you’re making and how the finished item will be used.
For a cosy TV blanket that will be used every day, you’ll need a soft, warm, durable yarn that can be washed many times and still look good. If you can’t find a yarn that you like at the exact gauge given in the pattern, then it’s unlikely that it will matter if your blanket ends up a little bigger or smaller than the pattern.
On the other hand, if you’re making a fitted sweater, even one stitch out with your gauge could mean that it doesn’t fit the way you’re hoping.
The techniques used in the pattern also affect the yarns you can use: changing from a smooth plied to a fuzzy, fluffy yarn might be fine in plain stockinette stitch, but if your pattern calls for intricate cables, then using a fluffy yarn would leave the cables lost in the haze.