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Yarn Substitution Made Easy

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Substitute yarns you want into designs you adore! Learn about weights, fiber types and gauge as you conquer simple techniques to adjust any pattern.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including techniques and charts for estimating yarn amounts, and a pattern for a cute cowl
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Kellie Nuss
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Why go out and buy the yarn in the pattern when you can plug in yarn choices from your stash without any fuss? Join expert knitting instructor Kellie Nuss and learn essential skills you can use for all your yarn substitutions. You'll discover what to look for in a yarn besides gauge and how each of these factors affects your final results. Kellie will walk you through yarn weights, how they relate and how to determine the yardage you need when it isn't already given. Wondering about pattern adjustments? You'll find out when to make them, when to rewrite the pattern and how to do both, so you can easily plug in new gauges and fibers. Plus, you'll receive an exciting cowl pattern for the perfect post-class practice project!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Yarn Substitution Basics
Meet Kellie Nuss, your guide to the technicalities of substituting yarn! You'll learn about the pros and cons of yarn substitution and review all the considerations you might never have thought of when swapping yarns.
2. Understanding & Evaluating Patterns
3. Evaluating Yarns for Mood
4. Yarn Identification
5. Checking & Adjusting Gauge
6. Adjusting Patterns to Your Gauge
7. Making Informed Yarn Decisions

Included Patterns

Refracted Waves Cowl

Refracted Waves Cowl

Refracted Waves Cowl

Refracted Waves Cowl

Recommended with this class

  • A variety of yarns from your stash
  • Ruler
  • Calculator

Taught by

Kellie Nuss
Kellie Nuss
When Kellie Nuss teaches knitting, she focus on the "why" of every technique, so her students have the freedom to choose how they want to use it. She's proud to call herself a knitting geek and loves delving into the foundations that help budding knitters build confidence and savvy. As a professional instructor, Kellie has taught for more than 20 years both locally and nationally. You can find her leading workshops at Stitches expos, local shops and guilds. She's also the co-founder and co-creator of EduKnit, a website she started with fellow knitting expert Gwen Bortner.

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