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substituting one ply for another

Posted by: mozzy (IP Logged)
Date: April 20, 2009 03:43PM

can someone help I want to knit a vest which is in Inca wool (14 or 16ply) and I want to substitute it for a 8ply does anyone know how to accomplish this

Posted by: Sally J (IP Logged)
Date: April 20, 2009 05:26PM

Ply simply refers to how many strands are twisted together into the yarn. while we ususally think that the more plies ther are, the thicker the yarn, that isn't always the case. For substituting, go by the gauge, rather than the ply. If a similar gauge is given (on the label), you may be able to substitute. Make a swatch to see. If, as we might suspect, the 14-16 ply yarn is much thicker than the 8 ply, I don't know of any way to substitute, unless the pattern for the 8 ply has it doubled (2 strands of yarn used as one).

Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: April 22, 2009 06:03AM

This is to add to what Sally J said (so be sure to read her post first, if you haven't already done so).

Here is a guide (not hard-line specifications) about yarn, plies, sizes, etc.

< [www.yarnforward.com] >

The above leads to a page about "tension" (or gauge), but be sure to follow the links about "wraps" (a method of measuring yarn size or thickness) and "yarn weights" as well to have a fuller understanding.

As Sally J mentioned, the most important aspect will be GAUGE, as this affects not only the size of the finished garment, but the "drape" (stiffness) of the fabric. ALWAYS, *especially* when substituting yarns, make a gauge swatch in the pattern stitch so you can be sure the results are what you expect and are pleased with.