Is there a good way to find alternatives to the yarns suggested in patterns? I love to knit, but am finding it very expensive to use the yarns that are in the patterns.
If you find a yarn of the same weight (sport, dk, worsted, bulky, etc.) and yardage, then you should be able to substitute a less expensive yarn.
Ofttimes the weight of the suggested yarn is not included in the pattern. Do you just need to go online and find the weight of the yarn on the manufacturer's website? Or is there a simpler way?
The best yarn resource I've found is www.yarndex.com. You can search in many different ways and see colors. Hopefully it will be useful for you!