The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘yarn substitution’

Lend me your mind

In knitting, stash busting on April 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I need help. You all are smart folks and I know you can do it. This is gauge related, yarn substitution related and about choosing a size based on those factors. I’m trying to stash bust and want to make a cute top.



I’m making “coco” from Rowan Studio using DK 52% cotton 48% acrylic blend (Filatura Lanarota Cool Cotton), which is not the yarn called for.

Please reference the above photo for the numbers I’m referring to. This is the math I did. Notice I haven’t put an annotation as to what follows the equal sign …that is to say, is that stitches or inches that I have calculated?

If I was using their gauge, I would probably be making the size 36″ bust (20) since my bust is 35.5″. Using my gauge, I would more than likely have to follow instructions for either the size 40″ bust (19.5) or 42″ bust (20.5) but I’m not sure which size to make.

Initially I was going to go with the size 42″ bust (20.5), because I figured it wasn’t too off from the original size 36″ bust (20), but then I got to thinking that this is cotton so it will stretch some. Then, I thought about it some more and think that maybe I need to go down to the size 40″ bust (19.5).

Based on these numbers, what size do you think I should make?
Thanks in advance for your help!