- I can only provide accurate advice on measurements and yardage for my designs with the Rowan Felted Tweed – so you would need to do some calculations to work out how much yarn you would need if you choose an alternative yarn.
- I recommend using the same weight yarn for your entire project
- I can’t enter a conversation about which alternative yarns to use or answer any questions about your yarn choice until your course begins – sorry!
- Try and choose a brand of yarn which has a wide range of colours available – and lots in stock!
- Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK
- Moya Shimmer (Some colours featured are no longer in production)
- Erica Knight Gossypium Cotton Tweed
- Erica Knight Gossypium (Not Tweed)
- Stylecraft Special DK
- Stylecraft Life DK
- Vinnie Colours (Bamboo)
- Scheepjes Catona
- Scheepjes Scrumptious
- Scheepjes Terrazzo
- Scheepjes Stonewashed
- The Border Mill, Alpaca Rose
- The Border Mill, North Coast 4 ply
- Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply
- Mandala by Lionbrand
- Sirdar No 1
- Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift
And here are some beautiful examples to help you choose…!
Photo credit: Alison Macaulay using Stylecraft Life DK for Crojoretro
‘I really love Rowan Felted Tweed, but Life DK is so much cheaper and I like the stitch definition compared to other 100% acrylics – it has 20% wool.’
Photo credit: Emma Jane using Scheepjes Catona
‘I used Scheepjes Catona, it’s a mercerised cotton yarn, officially fingering but more like a light DK’
Photo Credit: @grischa_knit_crochet using Scheepjes Catona
‘I am sensitive to wool, so I work a lot with cotton’
Photo credit: Christine Silkstone using The Border Mill Alpaca Rose and North Coast 4 ply
‘I decided if I was going to put so much work into Wallflowers – I wanted to use some yarn I really loved.’
Photo credit: Herbie Kio using Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply
‘I love the softness and I love working with it!’
Photo credit: Katy Lowe using Scheepjes Scrumptious
‘The colour range is huge and I really enjoy using it’
Photo credit: Nicola Gyde using Scheepjes Terrazzo
‘I chose it for the cheaper cost, larger colour range yet similar gauge as the Rowan Felted Tweed. My quantities worked out pretty much the same as for the Rowan’
Photo credit: Debbie Richardson using Mandala by Lionbrand
‘I’m cutting individual colours and using it that way – I plan to make the entire blanket with this yarn and colourway’
Photo credit: Catherine Hutchinson using Drops Alpaca
‘It was quite inexpensive and has a lovely range of colours. I used a 2.5 hook for this yarn and my blanket was smaller than most, but still a nice size and beautiful and soft.’
Photo credit: Sandra Rivarola using Scheepjes Stonewashed
Photo credit: Jantine Love using Sirdar No 1
‘My friend and I used Sirdar No1 because it felt so soft, we loved the definition and the colours’
Photo credit: Jayne Raybould using Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift
‘I’m using Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, grown and spun on the Shetland Isles, huge range of colours and fabulous to work with. I like supporting smaller enterprises who are passionate about their products. I bought mine in a wonderful independent wool shop in Lancaster ‘Northern Yarn’, I wanted to check all my colour choices in the flesh rather than buy online.’
Have you made one of my blankets in one of the alternative yarns I have mentioned? Do you have any other suggestions?
I’d love to hear from you – please tell us about it in the section below!