yarn substitution

I have a very old knitting pattern given to me by my husbands aunt. It is a small little baby girls dress called Dainty Lady.

The yarn called for is Germantown which has been discontinued. I only have one page of the knitting book. I cannot find anyone who is familiar with this yarn. It calls for 4- 2 oz. skeins of Germantown, white and 1- 4 oz skein of red.

The dress is made in all white with little red motifs all over it. The size needle is 1 and 2, no gauge is given. I am supposing this is a fingering yarn??

I would like to know if you can tell me what yarn to use and how much I would need. I do not want the cheaper yarns that fuzz before you get them off the needle.

Hopefully you can answer my question.

Sincerely, Mary Jenkins

YOUR ANSWER


First I will answer the quantity question.

2 ounces converts to 56 grams so you could probably get away with 4 50 gram balls of white and 1 50 gram ball of pink but if it was me, I would be making sure I could get hold of an extra ball of the white (just in case).

The needle sizes convertas follows:

1 --> 2.25mm --> 13 (UK)
2 --> 2.75mm --> 12 (UK)

As for a substitute yarn, it is hard to tell without the gauge but from what I can find online (google is very handy) and the needle sizes in the pattern, this yarn was probably a three or a four ply (fingering).

If you are a tight knitter I would go for a four play and if you are a loose knitter, select a 3 ply.

Happy knitting!

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