I’m making the Pimlico Shrug pattern found in Knit2Together, a book by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark. I’m using Brown Sheep Company’s Simplicity Tweed in ST12 Water Lily Leaves, which I bought at What’s Needlin’ Ewe in Mount Airy, N.C. a couple of years ago.
This yarn was selected for this cardigan pattern, but it turns out the yarn is way too big. Last year, I bought a bunch of yarn at the Knit and Crochet Show in Charlotte to make the Pimlico Shrug, but all of the skeins are too small.
Luckily, the Brown Sheep Company yarn works perfectly for the shrug though I was missing a couple of skeins. I ordered 2 skeins from Creative Yarns of Georgia. The new skeins aren’t from the same dye lot, but I think the colors match well enough for me to use them. Creative Yarns was the only place I could find online that still has Water Lily Leaves in stock.
While at the Knit and Crochet Show, my sister found Yarn Pro, an iPhone app that’ll help you find suitable substitute yarn for your projects. You plug in the yard/meters and oz/grams of the yarn called for in the pattern and the measurements of the yarn you’d like to use and the app will tell you whether it’s a good idea to use the yarn. The app also helps you compare your gauge to the pattern’s gauge and allows you to compare needle sizes.
The Brown Sheep Yarn happens to be a little thicker than what’s called for in the Pimlico Shrug pattern, but it’s suitable enough to use as a substitute. So far the app’s paid for itself by eliminating some frustration!