Substitute yarn, 2 projects - lana grossa and schoolhouse press

Hi there,
I’m planning two projects that need yarn substitutes. My first sweaters, after a simple sweater vest! I’ve made a list of a few subs that I think might work, but I’m kind of a newbie and would like opinions and/or suggestions. I’m on a tight budget too, so cost is fairly important. As wonderful as it would be, I just will not be knitting an adult sweater with $10+/skein yarn.

First project:
http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/mdm/01_2007/index.html

My best guesses:
*Would love to wash/lay flat to dry.
Lion Brand Cashmere Blend
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
Cascade Cash Vero

Second project:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATTaccordion.html

My best guesses:
*I’m more willing to go a little expensive, but can’t be too itchy… my son is very texture-sensitive. Would love it to be washable.
Rowan Scottish Tweed
Bartlett Fisherman

I also have a question about this pattern… it doesn’t say which needles to use to knit the swatch. I’m guessing the 7s?

TIA so much!
Heidi

http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/2277/

http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/3431/

I’ve used both these yarns and would highly recommend them. I think either would work for the first sweater, and the second one is machine washable.

Come to think of it, they’d work for both. I haven’t used either of the others you listed, and as much as I love Schoolhouse Press, I suspect that their yarn isn’t as soft as the others.

Ooh, those colors are lovely :inlove: and I will keep them in mind. I love the subtle tweedy look of the Stockbridge yarns. Cozy with a nice drape is just what I was wishing for. (And it’s for me! :woot: only the second thing made for myself!)

I’d like to add that the Accordion sweater is for my [U]2-1/2 year old[/U]. Is merino tough enough for that? I’d like it to last two years (until he grows out of it).

I’d love some other opinions of yarn… that would be great! I haven’t worked with much besides acrylics and wool, so I’m really looking forward to making something so -yummy- for myself.

Heidi

Depending upon the season of use you want for the sweater for yourself, you might try Cascade Sierra. It’s $9 a hank at my LYS, but they are good-sized hanks of 192 yards, and can probably be had for less $$ from some of the on line sellers. Great color selection and seems like it has a nice hand. I confess I’ve yet to actually knit with this yarn, I keep steering away from it because my LYS never seems to have enough of the color I want for the project I have in mind, or because I wind up wanting to do a project that would just be too costly for my budget with it - a long sleeved pullover or cardi in my size can run to 1800-1900 yards…eek!

Wound up with some Berocco Comfort yesterday, which is an acrylic/nylon and wasn’t exactly what I walked in wanting to buy (wanted some organic cotton or something) but I really like it - very soft and nice to knit with, and the colorway is absolutely yummy (Raspberry Sorbet, #9728). A bit more grabby on my Harmonies than I would like, but manageable. And the price was very right - $6.75 for 210 yards. :slight_smile: