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Well, every time we think there's a correct way to sort yarns into groups that can be used one for another, we hit a snag. The truth is that there is so much variation in yarns that it's impossible to have absolute rules on substitutions.

The Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) developed those handy little skeins with the numbers on them, 0 through 6, but still that isn't a complete answer for yarn substitution. There's a lot of variation among all those "4" yarns. The plain truth is you have to look at all these things, and use the infallible computer we all have (your brain!) to figure it out. Start with common sense--narrow things down first by general terms, then continue from there. You'll notice that the #3,4,&5 groups are bigger, and have more variation within them, than the thinner yarns.

What are the things that you should consider when substituting yarns? Gauge of course, but also the fiber used, smoothness, regular or irregular spin, indoor or outdoor use, and the draping of it (limp to stiff). And how do you tell these things? Sometimes it's really tough--even the color of the dye can make a difference in how a yarn works up.

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Fortissima Socka 4-Ply Fortissima Socka 6-Ply Regia 4-ply Design Line by Kaffe Fassett
Fortissima Socka 4-Ply
Regular Retail Price $7.95
Our Price $7.29
Sock-a-palooza! $4.80

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Fortissima Socka 6-Ply
Regular Retail Price $7.95
Our Price $7.75
Clearance $4.80

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Regia 4-ply Design Line by Kaffe Fassett
Regular Retail Price $8.50
Our Price $8.29
Clearance $5.10
Regia 4-ply Garden Effects by Kristin Nicholas Regia Blitz! Peter Pan Baby Cotton
Regia 4-ply Garden Effects by Kristin Nicholas
Regular Retail Price $8.50
Our Price $8.29
Clearance $5.10

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Regia Blitz!
Regular Retail Price $8.50
Our Price $8.29
Clearance $5.10
Peter Pan Baby Cotton
Our Price $6.95
Closeout sale: $5.20

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Garden Metallic Lace & Crochet yarn Lett-Lopi Icelandic Wool Gossypium Cotton Yarn by Erika Knight
Garden 10 Metallic Lace & Crochet yarn
Regular Retail Price $6.50
Our Price $5.25
Lett-Lopi Icelandic Wool
Our Price $5.49

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Gossypium Cotton Yarn by Erika Knight
Regular Retail Price $6.00
Our Price $5.50

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Einband Laceweight Lopi Icelandic Wool Melody Superwash by Jojoland Wendy Traditional Aran Wool
Melody Superwash by Jojoland
Regular Retail Price $6.50
Our Price $5.99

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Wendy Traditional Aran Wool
Regular Retail Price $8.00
Our Price $7.95
Closeout sale: $6.00

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Celeste DK by Wendy Rhythm Superwash by Jojoland British Blue Wool by Erika Knight
Celeste DK by Wendy
Regular Retail Price $8.00
Our Price $7.69
TNNA SALE! $6.00

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Rhythm Superwash by Jojoland
Regular Retail Price $6.50
Our Price $6.39

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British Blue Wool by Erika Knight
Regular Retail Price $7.25
Our Price $6.50

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