Crochet Yarn Conundrum

These simple things have been the complete cause of cursing and havoc in many of my projects. Take the time to read this great article to help avoid cursing, frogging and general hair pulling in your next project !

Doris Chan Crochet

It’s not my fault and neither is it yours if a yarn substitution isn’t working.  I’d love to tell you that it’s easy to just plug your favorite yarn into a design and get good results.  I’d sort of be lying if I did.

Let’s say you’ve discovered a crochet design that you want to make but you don’t like/have never heard of/can’t find/wouldn’t pay that much for in this lifetime, or whatever, the yarn suggested in the pattern. So you examine the yarn requirements and consider the possible substitutions.  You have on hand enough yardage of a similar product in a color you’d actually wear, so you go for it. Three things can and often happen: you can’t achieve the stated crochet gauge; you don’t like the looseness or tightness of the resulting fabric or drape; you end up with not enough yarn to complete the project. This would…

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