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LinKnit
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 07/27/2003 :  10:07:11 AM  Show Profile Send LinKnit a Private Message
Hi All!

I need a substitute for mohair that I can use on the bulky knitting machine. I have a pattern for a jacket knit on the bulky that uses 4 yarns in a 1x1 fairisle pattern, but I'm allergic to mohair. The pattern uses a shiny rayon, thin metallic and mohair knit together as color A, and a pebble cotton rayon blend for color B. I love the look of this jacket, but hate the sleeves, so I'm going to change them.
LindaM

Raymie
New Pal

8 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2003 :  08:32:52 AM  Show Profile Send Raymie a Private Message
Hmm...LinKnit,...good topic and I've been anxiously excited to hear the replies, but could it be there is no substitute? I recently just experienced my own mohair substitute lesson. I'm knitting the Shoulder Warmer Shawl from Nancie Wiseman's Knitted Shawls, Stoles, & Scarves. The shawl is for my Grandma who lives in Hawaii, so I thought it would be nice in a cotton blend. Went to the yarn store, bought bulky cotton, knitted a perfect gauge swatch and started the shawl. By row 13, I quickly realized this was not going to work at all. It looked more like a potholder! In hindsight, I feel like I should've known better. When I went to return the yarn, the yarn store woman told me that mohair and ribbon yarn are the two yarns one just can't substitute according to gauge. I spent a lot of time surfing the net for something and ended up settling for Jaeger's Mohair Art - 50% mohair, 50% nylon. It's at least machine washable, but for your case still has mohair. Well, let's not lose hope. Maybe a designer spinner out there is up for a challenge? Got my fingers crossed, Raymie
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Raymie
New Pal

8 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2003 :  08:32:52 AM  Show Profile Send Raymie a Private Message
Hmm...LinKnit,...good topic and I've been anxiously excited to hear the replies, but could it be there is no substitute? I recently just experienced my own mohair substitute lesson. I'm knitting the Shoulder Warmer Shawl from Nancie Wiseman's Knitted Shawls, Stoles, & Scarves. The shawl is for my Grandma who lives in Hawaii, so I thought it would be nice in a cotton blend. Went to the yarn store, bought bulky cotton, knitted a perfect gauge swatch and started the shawl. By row 13, I quickly realized this was not going to work at all. It looked more like a potholder! In hindsight, I feel like I should've known better. When I went to return the yarn, the yarn store woman told me that mohair and ribbon yarn are the two yarns one just can't substitute according to gauge. I spent a lot of time surfing the net for something and ended up settling for Jaeger's Mohair Art - 50% mohair, 50% nylon. It's at least machine washable, but for your case still has mohair. Well, let's not lose hope. Maybe a designer spinner out there is up for a challenge? Got my fingers crossed, Raymie
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