Rowan Yarn

Posted on Saturday, May 28th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

can i use anything other than rowan yarn?

i have a pattern which specifies rowan (handknit dk) (thats double knit right?) do i have to use rowan or can i substitute for any handknit dk? rowan is a little pricey for me at £4 a ball so any advice would be helpful thanks

Oh, absolutely! Rowan is what the designer had used (and who is sponsoring that pattern) and what Rowan is promoting. But there are no knitting police that will arrest you for not using Rowan. In fact, you can use any colour you like! There are many people that believe you can only use THAT yarn and THAT colour!! Can you believe it??

You won't even use that needle size either. My tension is a lot tighter than theirs, so I often have to use a larger needle. You may have to go up or down, depending on your gauge swatch. You are going to make one, aren't you?

You can use any kind of yarn in any kind of weight you want, or have handy, or that you like the feel of. Of course, you need to do a swatch, because you will need a different needle to get the kind of fabric you want, and your gauge will be different. You will need to make some adjustments in the pattern as well. That is, you may have to cast on more or fewer stitches, depending on what you get with that yarn and those needles you are going to use.

In most cases, I only use the pattern as a guide.. I am like EZ and am not a blind follower! I like the feeling, or the look of a design, and then I will do it whatever way I want to make it work for ME. Your mileage may vary (ymmv).

So you can go ahead and use any kind of crappy yarn you want, and it will be good enough for you. Or you can use Rowan in the weight they have suggested and it will look very close to what is shown. Each to his/her own.

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