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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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Twilley's Freedom Wool Ramsdale by Wendy Celeste DK by Wendy
Twilley's Freedom Wool
Regular Retail Price $6.00
Our Price $5.75
TNNA SALE! $3.60
Ramsdale by Wendy
Regular Retail Price $7.00
Our Price $6.95
TNNA SALE! $4.50
Celeste DK by Wendy
Regular Retail Price $8.00
Our Price $7.69
TNNA SALE! $4.75
Gossypium Cotton Yarn by Erika Knight Garden Metallic Lace & Crochet yarn Lett-Lopi Icelandic Wool
Gossypium Cotton Yarn by Erika Knight
Regular Retail Price $5.00
Our Price $4.75

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Garden 10 Metallic Lace & Crochet yarn
Regular Retail Price $6.50
Our Price $5.25
Lett-Lopi Iceland Wool
Regular Retail Price $5.50
Our Price $5.29

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British Blue Wool by Erika Knight Melody Superwash by Jojoland Rhythm Superwash by Jojoland
British Blue Wool by Erika Knight
Regular Retail Price $6.00
Our Price $5.75

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Melody Superwash by Jojoland
Regular Retail Price $6.50
Our Price $5.99

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

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Flax Fiber Natura Sport weight Linen Novena Merino and Baby Alpaca Yarn by Lang Poems by Wisdom Yarns
Flax Fibra Natura Sport weight Linen
Regular Retail Price $8.00
Our Price $6.75
Novena
Our Price $6.95
Poems by Wisdom Yarns
Regular Retail Price $9.00
Our Price $6.95

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Radiant Cotton DK Yarn Alpaca SuperLight by Lang Yarn Fortissima Socka 4-Ply
Radiant Cotton DK Yarn
Regular Retail Price $8.00
Our Price $6.95

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Alpaca SuperLight
Our Price $6.99

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Fortissima Socka 4-Ply
Regular Retail Price $7.50
Our Price $7.29

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