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Has anyone knit with embroidery floss?
new-ish knitter wants to substitute for Persian wool
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Date: 1/13/14 5:44 PM

Has anyone tried knitting with embroidery floss? I found a scarf pattern that I love, but it calls for over 100 8-yd hanks of Persian wool, which is about $1.29 a hank. Floss costs about 1/3 of that. I can find color conversion charts for Persian wool to various brands of embroidery floss, but I don't know if the weight is equivalent.

My searching online revealed that people have tried it, but not much info about what yarn weight it is equivalent to. And granny squares crocheted with it are really cute.

Can anyone help?

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Date: 1/13/14 11:41 PM

I have knit with embroidery floss, and I liked the effect but even at .50 or so a skein it would have broken the bank to knit the top I wanted. I do use it as a substitute for persian wool in needlepoint and it works great, so for that purpose at least it must be equivalent. Can you do a test swatch for scale?
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Date: 1/14/14 9:16 AM

Wool and cotton have very different properties. Cotton will have less give than wool. You might look for the fine wool yarn used for fair isle sweaters and compair the gauges for the yarn and your project. That might be a more affordable substitute.
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Date: 1/14/14 11:17 AM

M/m, I know it will handle differently. I've been substituting yarns for a while now, especially cotton for acrylic and wool, so I think I've got a good idea what I'm dealing with from that perspective.

I probably will knit some swatches and play with needle sizes, before making a final decision. I was hoping not to reinvent the wheel, if anyone had some relevant experience.

Yes, it will still be pricy if I use floss, but I can get it on sale at 0.38 per skein, or use the slow method--3 skeins a week, using 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's and Michael's. Either option is still considerably less expensive than 1.29 a hank for Persian wool, and I have some Christmas money that will cover the cost.

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Date: 1/14/14 2:43 PM

I've used embroidery floss for knitting clothes for the Barbie-sized doll, but I cannot remember if I used the entire 6 strands or separated them to 3 strands. What I didn't like is that, with 9 yards to a skein, I had to start a new skein often. Now I would look for comparable weight thread in a ball, meant for knitting or crocheting. (Just my opinion).

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Date: 1/17/14 9:38 AM

I just think of all the knots you'd have using embroidery floss. I would get a comparable weight yarn is a skein.

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Date: 1/17/14 1:39 PM

Um, Sharon, no knots in knitting! --but your point is well taken.

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Date: 1/22/14 8:01 PM

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Um, Sharon, no knots in knitting! --but your point is well taken.

No knots? How do you join. (I have a lot to learn and no local teacher.)

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In reply to fourkid

Date: 1/23/14 1:59 PM

There are a lot of beginner knitting books which include a wealth of information. I can still learn after all these years. Don't forget the internet and knitting sites.

Some do knot new skeins. There is some kind of split yarn joining also but I have never used it. The way they usually suggest: when you have a few inches left, lay a few inches of the new skein on top of it, going in the opposite direction, knit the two together for about 2-3 stitches. Later you will "hide" the ends in the back of the knitting.

This method still creates a little bit of bulk so I try to do it in a place where it won't stand out.

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