How to change yarns or yarn amounts

Changing

1 strand of yarn for another:

If the yarn gives the same knitting gauge it is easy to change from one to the other.

Follow the given knitting gauge in the pattern – remember needle size is only a guide; change to the needle size you need. For more info on knitting gauge, see here

Be aware: When changing yarns, the amount of yarn might also need adjusting, because the meterage of yarn in a ball (50 gram = X metres) varies from yarn to yarn - see the calculation below.



1 strand within a yarn group:

All our yarns are spun to standard thickness and can be used for the same pattern if you change within the one DROPS Yarn group. See our yarn groups here.

Different yarns have different structures.

Be aware: When changing yarns, the amount of yarn might also need adjusting, because the meterage of yarn in a ball (50 gram = X metres) varies from yarn to yarn - see the calculation below.



1 strand of yarn to 2 or more strands:

DROPS yarns are spun so the thickness of the strands fit each other.
By working with more than one strand from one Yarn Group, you can easily find patterns in other Yarn Groups (see yarn groups here) or see our suggestions (see recommended yarn combinations here).

Be aware: When changing yarns, the amount of yarn might also need adjusting because the meterage of yarn in a ball (50 gram = X metres) varies from yarn to yarn - see the calculation below.

Here is a list of yarns which can easily be exchanged between Yarn Groups:

Yarn Group A 2 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group C
Yarn Group A 3 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group D
Yarn Group A 4 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group E
Yarn Group A 8 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group F
Yarn Group B 2 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group D
Yarn Group C 2 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group E
Yarn Group C 4 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group F
Yarn Group E 2 strands = 1 strand Yarn Group F

In DROPS patterns this is written as: A + A = C


The amount of yarn is adjusted when changing:

1 strand for 1 strand.

When changing yarns, the amount of yarn might also need adjusting, because the meterage of yarn in a ball (50 gram = X metres) varies from yarn to yarn - see the calculation below:

In the pattern you need 300 g Yarn-X
We need the meterage to be able to calculate how much Yarn-Y you need:


Yarn-X: 50 g = 170 metres = 186 yards
Total yarn required: 6 balls x 170 metres = 1020 metres = 1115 yards

Yarn-Y: 50 g = 150 metres = 164


Number of metres of Yarn-X = 1020 metres = 1115 yards
divided by the number of metres Yarn-Y = 6.8 balls

Result:
7 balls = 350 g of Yarn-Y
replaces
6 balls = 300 g of Yarn-X.

Need help to do the sums? Try our calculator!

1 strand for 2 strands with the same meterage.

This is an example, to show you how you calculate the yarn needed when changing from 1 strand DROPS Snow (Yarn Group E) to 2 strands DROPS Air (Yarn Group C) - see calculation below:

The pattern states 1150 g DROPS Snow.
We need the meterage to be able to recalculate:


DROPS Snow: 50 g = 50 metres = 54 yards
Total yarn required: 23 balls x 50 metres = 1150 metres = 1 257 yards

DROPS Air: 50 g = approx. 150 metres = 164 yards


Number of metres of DROPS Snow = 1150 metres = 1 258 yards
divided by number of metres of DROPS Air = 7.67 balls

You are going to work with 2 strands instead of 1 strand, therefore the number of balls is x 2: 7.67 x 2 = 16 balls

Result:
1150 g DROPS Snow
is replaced by
800 g DROPS Air

Need help to do the sums ? Try our calculator!

2 strands of different meterage to 1 strand.

This is how to calculate the yarn needed when you wish to work with 1 strand in a pattern which uses 2 strands
Example: 1 strand DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk (from Yarn Group A) and 1 strand DROPS Kid-Silk (from Yarn Group A)
is changed to:
1 strand DROPS AIR (from Yarn Group C)

The pattern states:
300 g DROPS BabyAlpaca-Silk and 125 g DROPS Kid-Silk
(= 2 strands from Yarn Group A)

Re-calculate this to:
1 strand DROPS Air (Yarn Group C)
We need the meterage to be able to re-calculate:

DROPS BabyAlpaca-Silk: 50 g = 167 metres = 183 yards,
Total yarn required: 6 balls x 167 metres = 1002 metres = 1 096 yards

DROPS Kid-Silk: 25 g = 200 metres = 218 yards
Total yarn required: 5 balls x 200 metres = 1000 metres = 1 093 yards

Alternative new yarn:
DROPS AIR: 50 g = 150 metres = 164 yards


Begin with the yarn with the shortest meterage = 1000 metres = 1093 yards
Divide by the number of metres of DROPS Air:
1000 metres divided by 150 metres = 1093 yards divided by 164 yards = 6.7 balls; so 7 balls


Result:
300 g DROPS BabyAlpaca-Silk
125 g DROPS Kid-Silk
is replaced by:
350 g DROPS Air

Comments (289)

GLENYS GALLAGHER wrote:

If I am converting 300g (1140m) of Sky and 150g (1260m) of Kid Silk to Nepal (50g to 70m) do I add the converted meterage of both together . I am coming out with 15 balls for the sky and 17 for the kidsilk making 32 balls of Nepal. Seems rather a lot. Thanks.

21.09.2022 - 21:04:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Gallagher, if you want to convert 1 strand Sky + 1 strand Kid-Silk worked together (2 strands) with 1 strand Nepal (1 strand), then you have to calculate both meterages but then use the yarn with the shortest meterage to calculate the amount of new yarn Nepal - see example 2 strands of different meterage to 1 strand.. Remember you DROPS Store can also help you - even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

23.09.2022 - 08:20:

Adriana Maffeis wrote:

Vorrei eseguire questo modello in taglia M. Alcuni colori di Drop air non sono disponibili. Quale altro filato potrei usare per aver lo stesso risultato. Non riesco a capire la differenza tra filati dei vari gruppi. Grazie per l'aiuto

21.09.2022 - 20:55:

Tonika wrote:

Hallo! Ergeben 3 Fäden Garngruppe B Garngruppe E (B+B+B=C)? Für die Garngruppe B sind leider nicht viele Kombinationen mit mehr als drei Fäden angegeben. Viele Dank für eine Antwort und herzliche Grüße!

21.09.2022 - 10:36:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Tonika, mit 2 Fäden Garngrupe B haben Sie 1 Faden Garngruppe D - oder mit 1 Faden Garnguppe B + 1 Faden Garngruppe A haben Sie 1 Faden Garngruppe C (siehe Beispiel); aber wir haben bis jetzt keine Erfahrung mit 3 Fäden Garngruppe B, stricken Sie so eine Maschenprobe mit unterschiedlichen Nadelgröße um die erwünschte Textur zu erhalten; Ihr DROPS Wolle kann Ihnen gerne damit (auch per Telephon oder per E-Mail weiterhelfen). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

23.09.2022 - 08:17:

INMA CALPE wrote:

Como adapto patron 219-5 a lana del grupo A. como se calculan los puntos. necesito talla XXL

19.09.2022 - 17:35:

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Inma, esta lección indica cómo calcular los puntos. Para el patrón 219-5, como se usa un hilo del grupo C, puedes sustituirlo por 2 hilos del Grupo A. Siempre que mantengas la tensión del tejido (17 puntos x 22 filas = 10x10cm) al trabajar con los 2 hilos del grupo A, podrás usar las cuentas de puntos indicadas en el patrón, sin necesidad de modificar nada. En cuanto al metraje, necesitas 1200 metros de hilo. Al trabajar con 2 hilos, necesitarás 2400 metros del hilo A en total. Dividelo entre los metros por ovillo del hilo que vas a usar y obtendrás la cantidad de ovillos necesarios.

20.09.2022 - 23:07:

Kari-Synnöve Fredriksson wrote:

Jag skulle vilja sticka Tiny Trucker i garnet Drops Alaska till storleken 3-4 år hur gör jag då?\r\nVänliga hälsningar Kari-Synnöve

19.09.2022 - 15:01:

Susan Willgoss wrote:

Dear Team, The pattern that I used with the Drops yarn is Camellia Cardigan for young girls sourced on Garnstudio.com. I could not leave the link because of the algorithms protecting your site. Kind regards Sue

11.09.2022 - 11:02:

Femke wrote:

Bijna overal staat breien met een rondbreinaald. Ik brei liever op gewone pennen is dat mogelijk ook als er staat het aantal steken voor op de rondbreinld

08.09.2022 - 10:22:

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Femke,

Het is bij sommige patronen inderdaad mogelijk om met rechte naalden te breien in plaats van met de rondbreinaald. Om een patroon aan te passen om op rechte naalden te breien hebben we een instructie gemaakt. Deze vind je hier.

24.09.2022 - 12:38:

Karen Garrity wrote:

Hi, I’m allergic to wool so please could you suggest an alternative to the drops sky yarn. I am hoping to knot the Herringbone Hill sweater that requires 300 g of yarn. Many thanks for any help.

06.09.2022 - 12:52:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Garrity, use our yarn converter to find alternatives to both yarns used in this pattern, ie Sky and Kid-Silk - Your DROPS Store will provide you any further assistance choosing the matching yarn, even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

06.09.2022 - 17:02:

Mette wrote:

Jeg vil strikke Wild Mint Tea (Medium) i Nepal i stedet for Flora+Kid Silk. Min beregning siger: Flora 6 ngl. = 1260 m Kid Silk 5 ngl. = 1000 m Nepal 50 gr./75 m: 1000 m/75 m = 13,3 ngl. Kan det virkeligt passe? Det er fantastisk med jeres hjælpefaciliteter, stor cadeau her fra :)

06.09.2022 - 10:55:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Mette, ja det stemmer helt fint, du kan prøve at sammenligne målene og garnforbruget med ensfarvede bluser i Nepal som feks 166-9 :)

07.09.2022 - 15:36:

Sue Willgoss wrote:

I used the Drops Belle DK (size 4 circular needle) to complete the Camelia Jacket but it turned out much smaller than I expected. I thought I had converted the correct yarn but what have I missed? The tension size was correct so I am rather perplexed.

05.09.2022 - 14:56:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Willgoss, I'm not sure which pattern you are talking about, can you please give us a pattern number so that we can check together? Thanks for your comprehension.

05.09.2022 - 15:25:

Alixandra wrote:

Hello there, I was wondering if you could offer some advice? I have fallen in love with your Alpaca yarn and want to create a nice jumper for the winter, they are such lovely colours and tones. However the pattern I have my eye on one but its DK and the colour range in it isn't the same quality. Is there a way I could still use the Alpaca yarn with a dk pattern or is there another yarn (not dk and just as soft as the alpaca) that I could use? I was thinking of doubling the alpaca yarn?

01.09.2022 - 19:38:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Alixandra, two threads of Alpaca would be thicker than DK yarns, it's more like an Aran yarn. For soft DK yarns, you have Sky and Puna. You can always make the gauge stated in the pattern with your preferred thread, such as Alpaca, and adjust the needle size and amount of threads to the gauge in the pattern. Happy knitting!

01.09.2022 - 23:44:

Patty wrote:

Good morning, this pattern says I need 300g of yarn to make this Miss Flora Cardigan. That would only be 6 skeins of the 50g yarn. That doesn't seem like enough to knit an entire sweater. Am I calculating correctly?

29.08.2022 - 09:46:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Patty, this is right, you require 300 g DROPS Flora / 50 g a ball = 5 balls (ie approx. 1050 m)- make sure to check and keep your tension (see FAQ) Happy knitting!

29.08.2022 - 15:11:

LARA CANDELARESI wrote:

Sito unico... Meraviglioso.... Incredibilmente utile

27.08.2022 - 14:20:

Sylke Oltersdorf wrote:

Wie kann ich die Fragen und Antworten von anderen auf Deutsch lesen? Gibt es eine Übersetzung? Danke!

22.08.2022 - 10:57:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Oltersdorf, wir können leider nicht alle Kommentare sowie Fragen/Antworte in jede Sprache übersetzen, vielleicht kann Ihnen einen Online-Übersezter etwas helfen - sonnst können Sie auch gerne Ihre Frage hier stellen oder Hilfen von Ihrem DROPS Laden bekommen Sie auch mal gerne auch per Telefon oder per E-Mail. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

22.08.2022 - 16:32:

Anna Keller wrote:

Hej! Jag vill virka Cirkelkofta Summertime 136-1 (originalgarn Baby Alpacka Silk), men byta ut mot garnet Bomull-Lin istället! 1 nystan Baby Alpacka Silk 50g har ca 167 meter, och 1 garn Bomull-Lin 50g innehåller ca 85 meter. Behöver jag då 2 nystan Bomull-Lin för 1 nystan Baby Alpacka Silk?! Så 200 g (= 334 meter) av en färg i Baby Alpacka Silk, skulle då bli 4 nystan Bomull-Lin (= 340g) istället? Har jag förstått er omräkning rätt?

21.08.2022 - 17:59:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Anna. Ja, det er riktig. Om du bruker Garnkalkulatoren (link til høyre eller under bildet, får du riktig garnmengde. Legg inn hvilket garn du ønsker å bytte ut, legg inn hvor mye gram og hvor mange tråder plagget strikkes med. F.eks fyll inn Baby AlpacaSilk i øverste rubrikk i Garnkalkulatoren, 200 gram den midterste rubrikket og 2 tråder i den nederste rubrikken. Da får du opp flere alternativer på garn, blant annet 197 gram Bomull-Lin (1 tråd). mvh DROPS Design

22.08.2022 - 08:28:

Laura wrote:

Rettifico alla precedente il modello è il 228 - 11 grazie

18.08.2022 - 16:31:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Laura, le 2 qualità hanno lo stesso metraggio, ma appartengono a gruppi di filato diverso, per cui non avrà lo stesso risultato lavorando un modello progettato su un filato del gruppo D con un filato del gruppo C. Buon lavoro!

18.08.2022 - 19:41:

Laura wrote:

Utilizzando il vostro convertitore di filati ho acquistato 300 gr di alpaca brushed silk in sostituzione di 300 gr di melody. alla fine mi sono avanzati 100 gr di filato!. cosa ho sbagliato? il modello è il 231-35. grazie

18.08.2022 - 16:29:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Laura, le 2 qualità hanno lo stesso metraggio, ma appartengono a gruppi di filato diverso, per cui non avrà lo stesso risultato lavorando un modello progettato su un filato del gruppo D con un filato del gruppo C. Buon lavoro!

18.08.2022 - 19:41:

Elsbet Minkels wrote:

Is het mogelijk Drops Safran te vervangen door Cotton Light. Zou dat willen gebruiken voor offwhite zomervestje, het laatste bij d e gehaakte patronen. Ipv maat 38 wil ik maat 42 maken. Kan dat ook? Dank voor jullie antwoord. Vriendelijke groet, Elsbet

15.08.2022 - 20:13:

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Elsbeth,

Dat zou kunnen, maar houd er rekening mee dat Cotton Light wel dikker is en dus een andere stekenverhouding heeft. Op basis van het proeflapje zou je het patroon om kunnen rekenen als je daar handig in bent.

17.08.2022 - 16:53:

Valborg wrote:

Vilket garn kan jag byta sky mot 400gram.

13.08.2022 - 21:16:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Valborg. DROPS Sky tilhører garngryppe B og du kan da bytte mot andre kvaliteter i samme garngruppe, f.eks DROPS Cotton Merino, DROPS Karisma, DROPS Lima, DROPS Puna og DROPS Soft Tweed. DROPS Sky er et veldig lett garn og har en ganske lang løpelengde enn de andre kvalitetene du finner i garngruppe B. Men har du et mønster i DROPS Sky som du vi strikke i ett annet garn, kan du bruke vår Garnkalkulator som regner ut garnmengden. Den finner du under bildet eller til høyre når du er inne på den modellen du ønsker å strikke/hekle. mvh DROPS Design

15.08.2022 - 08:07:

Beatrice Mikha wrote:

Can i use Tweed for pattern Northwood?

11.08.2022 - 11:40:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Mikha, please use our yarn converter to check all possible alternatives and get the new amount of yarn. For any further individual assistance, your DROPS Store will provide you any help - even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

11.08.2022 - 16:38:

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