I want to make these “Rainy Day Socks”, which recommend Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn, a sportweight yarn/light DK weight yarn (gauge 24 sts = 4" on size 4/3.5mm); fiber content is 55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere.
I’m thinking about maybe subbing one of these three yarns:
[li]Knit Picks Shine Sport yarn[/li]60% cotton, 40% modal, 24 sts = 4" on size 3-5 (3.25-3.75mm)
[li]Knit Picks CotLin yarn[/li]70% cotton, 30% linen, 22 sts = 4" on size 5-7 (3.75-4.5mm)
[li]Knit Picks Swish DK yarn100% merino wool, 22 sts = 4" on size 5 (3.75mm)[/li]DK weight[/ul]The Knit Picks Shine sportweight has the same gauge as the recommended Debbie Bliss yarn, but when I checked on Ravelry to see if anybody had made them with this yarn, but most people seemed to opt for a DK weight yarn. A few people used Knit Picks Swish DK; one person said that the lacy pattern was weird using a wooly yarn. Machine washability/dryability is a non-negotiable for me, so I have to have yarn I can throw in the washer and dryer without worry; all three of these yarns are machine washer- and dryer- safe.
Based off of gauge alone, the Knit Picks Shine sportweight seems to be the closest in gauge to the original yarn in the pattern, but is it the better choice? Also, based off of fiber content, would the Shine DK give me good results, since the original yarn contains animal fibers (merino and cashmere) and this contains plant fibers? I’m not a sock knitter by trade, so any helpful advice anybody can give would be really great!