Updated 12-Sep-2012

Yarn Alternatives

Many of the patterns were originally written for a swedish yarn, Kampes 2-ply 100% wool.

If you don´t live in Sweden you will probably have a hard time finding this yarn in your local yarn store. If this is the case, you can try one of the alternative yarns listed below.

These yarns can be knitted with the right gauge, although perhaps not with exactly the same result as with Kampes 2-ply.

This depends on differences in how the yarn is spun and twined, and also on the fibres they are made of. Closest in quality come both the norwegian yarns, followed by Shetland Spindrift (the latter is to be knitted with a quarter of a size larger needles than what is written in the pattern).

From Norway:

Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk: Ask - Hifa 2 100% wool, 100 g = approx. 315 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

Rauma Ullvarefabrikk: Finullgarn 100% wool, 50 g = approx. 175 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

From the UK:

Jamieson's: Shetland Spindrift 100 % shetland wool, 25 g = approx. 105 m. Use a quarter of a size larger needles than in the pattern, for example 3.25 mm instead of 3 mm.

From Denmark:

Grønhøj Garn: Grønhøj Kamgarn 100% Wool Superwash, 50 g = 150 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

Hjertegarn: Mini Vital 100% Wool Superwash, 50 g = 150 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

Hjertegarn: Alpaca Silk 60% Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, 50 g = approx. 167 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

BC garn: Semilla 100% organic wool, 50 g = approx. 160 m. Use half a size larger needles than in the pattern, for example 3.5 mm instead of 3 mm.

BC garn: Lucca Fino 100% merino wool, 100 g = approx. 450 m. Use half a size larger needles than in the pattern, for example 3.5 mm instead of 3 mm.

From Finland:

Vuorelma: Vuorelma Satakieli 100% wool, 100 g = approx. 330 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

From Iceland:

Istex: Kambgarn 100% wool, 50 g = approx. 150 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

From Sweden:

Östergötlands Ullspinneri: Visjögarn 100% wool, 100 g = 300 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

From USA:

Brown Sheep: Nature Spun Sport Weight 100% Wool, 50 g = approx. 168 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

Jagger Spun: The Maine Line Sport weight 100% wool, 50 g = approx. 150 m. Use the same needles as in the pattern.

Casacade Yarns: 220 Sport 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 50 g = 150 m. Use a quarter of a size larger needles than in the pattern, for example 3.25 mm instead of 3 mm.

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