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Old 05-31-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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Mixing cheaper yarns with more expensive yarns???

Is this ok to do? Does it really make a big difference with woolies?

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Old 05-31-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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I've done it a couple of times - used less expensive yarn for trim or stripes - and it works okay. The woolies look best when all of the yarn is the same type.
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I think matching yarn characteristics is most important. That's sometimes hard to do with a cheaper yarn and a pricier one.
One of the first things I knit is Elliebelly Licorice Twist, and I used Cascade 220 for the trim!

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I think that is lovely, Elizabeth!!!

The thing I thought of when I saw this thread was that one yarn might felt and the other not. That might be worse than if BOTH felt. heh
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Re: Mixing cheaper yarns with more expensive yarns???

I try to keep the same... I've done leg stripes with diff yarn and some get fuzzy and some didn't.
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I think that is lovely, Elizabeth!!!
This!! I have used Cascade or Patons for trim with Hyena wool and I think it works fine. I can see it causing more trouble as stripes though. Both Cascade and Patons are thinner than most of the wool used for diapering so with stripes I think it'd be hard to make the whole piece look uniform
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I agree, I have on occasion used it for trim with no problems but striping/scrappies might make your finished product look a bit wonky
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Re: Mixing cheaper yarns with more expensive yarns???

Thanks y'all. I more think it's funny in regards to such a hard to find wool with such an easy to find one, though I do now wish the textures matched better - the Cascade is not as soft. But yeah, it's not so awful. Stripes I think would be a problem.
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shelley..i've used different yarns for trim and such. i just try to make sure the textures/yarn characteristics are similar. you wouldn't want to do say a peace fleece trim for something that was crazy soft, kwim?? otherwise, i think you'll be fine and is this for that 9 oz of yarn you were looking to do something with? if so, then you'll be fine using your stash yarn for trim. the softness will be close since your stash is merino
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I've done it and wish that I hadn't. I've used Cascade and Patons for trims.... only the trims felted and the rest of the longies were fine. However now I can baaarely resell them for the cost of the HC yarn, let alone the knitting time. Very sad I won't ever do it again. But that's me.
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