I spent $$$ at my LYS on Friday on this gorgeous Cascade Ultra Pima in Heathered Pansy (3705) to knit the Eileen Shell featured in No Sheep for You. It’s a substitute for the Louret Sales Euroflax Geneva (which is no longer available and would have been way above my price range).
The pattern calls for a worsted weight and I was advised by the salesperson that I could substitute the Cascade Ultra Pima for the Euroflax. Gauge is 20 st x 24 rows on Size 2 (2.75mm) needles. I’ve swatched this starting on Size 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and finally got the correct gauge on a size 7 needle. This is supposed to be a very tight knit but it’s not happening. The DK weight just isn’t a proper substitute. I should have known but I just wasn’t thinking. In the meantime I ordered some Comfy Worsted in Peony from Knit Picks just in case I need to change the yarn.
Questions abound. Well, maybe only three questions…
- Do I use the size 7 needles since that is what gauge was?
- Do I figure out what size to knit using a smaller needle so I get the intended denseness?
- Do I go with the above mentioned yarn from Knit Picks and save the Cascade Ultra Pima for something else?
I’m not good at substituting. But then I don’t think this was completely my fault. The advice I received from the salesperson wasn’t exactly right IMHO.
In addition to the Heathered Pansy color I also bought (from l to r) Periwinkle (3726), Sky Blue (3727), Aqua (3732), and Lime (3739). Not sure what I’m going to knit with these but I loved the colors and the feel of the yarn. With so much swatching I’ve done over then weekend I do not think will not get tired of this buttery softness.