The Fine Art of Yarn Substitution

Ever felt constrained by a pattern’s yarn choice? Not quite sure what yarn would match a pattern? Most of us at some point in their knitting or crocheting past have a project where countless hours were spent creating it but the end result just did not live up to expectation. Understanding how various yarn weights, structures and fibres will stand up once crafted on different size needles is an art in itself, something that can take a lifetime to master. In next Saturday’s class we will give it a go!

Ever found a pattern you love, but aren’t sure how to choose an appropriate yarn?
Ever found a pattern you love, but aren’t sure how to choose an appropriate yarn?


Andrea Rangel brings us a knowledge of this fine art from the point of view of a designer. When a pattern is created and a yarn is suggested there is an end product that is imagined, and this class can bring you closer to being able to make pairing decisions to make that a reality.


Cestari 4
Andrea’s Sounds of Life cardigan is a great example of the beauty of the perfect match of yarn and pattern. Using Cestari yarn, the lanolin-rich fibre gives this sweater a great relaxed fit, generous pockets, and a standup collar.


In this class, you’ll be guided through the intricacies of fiber, yarn weight, and plies. You’ll learn how to decode yarn labels to match the perfect yarn to your project. Tons of swatches will be presented so you can get hands-on experience with the difference the yarn makes.

Grow your love of yarn and fibre by understanding its properties and potential!





DATE: Saturday February 20th

TIME:  9:00  – 12:00pm

COST: $80 (+tax)

Andrea Rangel is an experienced knitter, designer, and educator. Her design work has been published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and Knit Scene, as well as independently. She’s currently working on a book of knitting patterns with Interweave due out spring 2016. She’s a trained educator, having taught elementary, middle, and high school for several years before becoming a full-time knitwear designer. Her classes are organized and clear, with a strong understanding of learners and class planning, and always include useful, beautiful workshop handbooks for students to take home.

To register for all classes call 604-255-2577 or visit us in store.

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