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 (136)

MIETTE 08.10.2020 - 20:54:

Bonsoir Je souhaite faire le Drops 97-5 mais avec une laine beaucoup plus fine et d'un concurrent " Bergere de France " qui se tricote en 3 mm .En taille L . Pouvez - vous m'aider ? Bonne journée Mme MIETTE

DROPS Design 09.10.2020 - 08:59:

Bonjour Mme Miette, Nous sommes en mesure de pouvoir proposer des modèles gratuits grâce à nos fils à tricoter et à crocheter vendus dans le monde entier. Vous comprendrez ainsi que nous ne pouvons que vous recommander d’utiliser l’une de nos qualités. N’hésitez pas à contacter votre magasin DROPS en France pour toute assistance. Merci pour votre compréhension.

Hilde Dahl 30.09.2020 - 18:06:

Kan jeg bytte alpaca air 2 tråder, med brushed Alpaca silk 2 tråder- vil et greit resultat?

DROPS Design 02.10.2020 - 14:50:

Hej Hilde, ja absolut :)

Christina 26.09.2020 - 10:31:

Hej Jeg vil gerne strikke i Drops ekstrafine Marino, er total nybegynder, kan jeg det? Hilsen Christina

Lisbeth 22.09.2020 - 10:18:

Hej. Jeg skal strikke en trøje med to tråde Flora, lækkert garn. Men trøjen er til et børnehavebarn, hvilket garn kan jeg anvende i stedet for, altså et der kan tåle vaskemaskine?

DROPS Design 23.09.2020 - 13:56:

Hej Lisbeth. Du kan använda DROPS Baby Merino istället, det tål vaskemaskin och är i samma garngrupp som DROPS Flora. Tänk bara på att det endast är 175 m/50 g i Babymerino så du behöver nog lite mer garn än det som står i oppskriften. Mvh DROPS Design

Lynda Rendell 07.09.2020 - 11:23:

Hi I’m looking for an equivalent yarn to Corticelli thistebloom I’m hoping you could help me . I can’t talk anything else apart from that I don’t know how much wool is needed

DROPS Design 08.09.2020 - 10:48:

Dear Mrs Rendell, please contact your DROPS store, even per mail or telephone - to get any further assistance choosing the yarn/amount of yarn and individual help. Happy knitting!

Nnette Dahl 22.08.2020 - 18:33:

Hej garnstudio, jeg vil strikke en norsk sweater , der er strikket i Per Gynt uldgarn. Kan jeg erstatte garnet med Puna alpakka garn eller andet garn uden lanolin ( pga allergi) ? På forhånd tak. Mvh, Annette Dahl

DROPS Design 31.08.2020 - 11:26:

Hei Nnette. I DROPS Puna er fibrene er ubehandlet, hvilket betyr at det ikke har vært utsatt for kjemisk behandling, men kan ikke garantere at du ikke reagerer på garnet. Anbefaler deg å strikke en prøvelapp, både for å teste ut allergi og at strikkefastheten stemmer med det som står i oppskriften. Les gjerne også om garnet DROPS Lima (65% Peruvian Highland ull og 35% superfin alpakka, garnfibrene er ubehandlet, de kun vasket og ikke utsatt for kjemisk behandling før farging). God Fornøyelse!

Christine Hammar 05.08.2020 - 15:53:

What Drops yarns are Aran weight?

DROPS Design 06.08.2020 - 09:34:

Dear Mrs Hammar, please find here an overview of all our yarns sorted by group = by thickness. For any individual assistance choosing a yarn, you are welcome to contact your DROPS store. Happy knitting!

Cathrine Whittaker 19.07.2020 - 04:44:

Please explain what A means. Thankd

DROPS Design 20.07.2020 - 10:20:

Dear Mrs Whittaker, our yarn are sorted in groups - read more here. Happy knititng!

Anne-Marie Børjesson 14.07.2020 - 11:42:

Hei, Ser at fabel garn nr. 674 og 671 ikke kan velges. Hva kan disse erstattes med? Takk på forhånd😊

DROPS Design 06.08.2020 - 10:21:

Hej Anne-Marie, her finder du vores aktuelle DROPS Fabel farvekort

Brigitte 29.06.2020 - 15:39:

Was beutet beim Garn z.B. diese Angaben Garnguppe: B (20 - 22 Maschen) / 8 ply / DK / worsted oder Garngruppe A 26 - 23 Maschen

DROPS Design 30.06.2020 - 11:11:

Liebe Brigitte, unsere GArne sind in Garngruppen von A bis F verteilt - dieses Garn gehört der Garngruppe B - die Maschenprobe ist (je nach den Nadeln) 20 bis 22 Maschen für 10 cm - dann ist die Garnstärke (8ply/DK). Hier lesen Sie mehr über unsere Garngruppen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Claudine Gilbert 15.06.2020 - 09:09:

Mais quel site ! On a une question particulière , immédiatement on obtient une réponse très claire ! Merci et bravo à vous !

Marlys Uhrenholt 07.06.2020 - 13:29:

Hvordan strikker jeg en indvendig lomme i modellen "Firecracker": Jakke til herre med v-hals Drops Fabel ?

DROPS Design 08.06.2020 - 07:26:

Hei Marlys. Ta en titt på denne videoen og forklaringen, og så tilpass den til Firecracker jakken. God Fornøyelse!

Claire Ball 04.06.2020 - 10:30:

Good day, I bought Drops Baby Alpaca Silk online when in the UK. Now back in South Africa and would like to knit the Lamb Dance Hat for my granddaughters . I started one hat and it is WAY too small then I realized that the pattern is for yarn group B and my yarn is in group A. I need to increase the number of stitches but not sure by how many ?I am not an experienced knitter so am finding it really difficult to calculate. I need to knit hats for head circumferences of 51cm and 49 cm. Thanks

DROPS Design 05.06.2020 - 08:42:

Dear Mrs Ball, we are unfortunately not able to adjust every pattern to every single request, you are welcome to contact your DROPS store by e-mail or any knitting forum. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy knitting!

Annette 29.05.2020 - 11:04:

Bonjour , je souhaite réaliser un modèle en drops alpaca ( en 2 fils ) qui était initialement en silk alpaca. Le modèle demandait 850gr de silk alpaca. Combien de pelotes me faut-il commander svp ?

DROPS Design 02.06.2020 - 11:20:

Bonjour Annette, suivez la règle de calcul ci-dessus ou bien plus simplement utilisez notre convertisseur dans le modèle concerné - votre magasin DROPS saura vous aider si besoin. Bon tricot!

Jacky M 22.05.2020 - 14:44:

Guten Tag, ich würde gerne das Garn Big Delight durch Alpaca ersetzen und zwei Fäden Alpaca verwenden. Wäre es korrekt statt 2 Knäuel Big Delight (also 360 m Lauflänge) , 5 Knäuel Alpaca zu bestellen und diese Wolle dann zweifädig zu verarbeiten?

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 - 13:40:

Liebe Jacky M, ja genau - aber beachten Sie, daß Sie dann eine unterschiedliche Struktur bekommen - Ihr DROPS >Laden wird Ihnen helfen, die beste passende Alternative zu finden. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Jacky M 22.05.2020 - 14:43:

Guten Tag, ich würde gerne das Garn Big Delight durch Alpaca ersetzen und zwei Fäden Alpaca verwenden. Wäre es korrekt statt 2 Knäuel Big Delight (also 360 m Lauflänge) , 5 Knäuel Alpaca zu bestellen und diese Wolle dann zweifädig zu verarbeiten?

Tine Bentsen 11.05.2020 - 13:49:

Jeg vil gerne kombinere Drops Alpaca Silk, Brushed med Drops Alpaca - når jeg kombinere de to garntyper hvilken kategori opskrifter skal jeg så se efter/bruge? På forhånd tak for svar

DROPS Design 18.05.2020 - 08:01:

Hei Tine. Om du bruker vår søkemotoer og velger garnet DROPS Brushed AlpacaSilk, så på neste side velger du 12, 13 eller 14 under Strikefasthet. Da vil du se en del plagg strikket i DROPS Brushed AlpacaSilk og andre kvaliteter i garngruppe A, feks Alpaca, Nord, Delight, f.eks DROPS 206-43, 200-36. Du kan også strikke deg en prøvelapp med Brushed AlpacaSilk og Alpaca og sjekke hvilken strikkefasthet du får og da søke etter strikkefasthet under Garngruppe. God Fornøyelse!

Lonni Eriksen 10.05.2020 - 10:30:

Jeg har været så heldig at få noget af vores eget uld i år: 275m/100g strikkefasthed 22m=10cm jeg vil gerne strikke det sammen med 1 tråd Drops kid silk. Hvilken garn gruppe kommer garnet så i og hvilke str. pinde? 😊

DROPS Design 11.05.2020 - 06:56:

Hei Lonni. Vi har ingen kvalitet som har den løpelengde og strikkefasthet. I garngruppe B finner du kvaliteter som strikkes med pinne 4 og har en strikkefasthet på 21 masker x 28 pinner, men løpelengden er kortere enn 275 meter/ 100 gram. Men sjekk ut vår oversikt under Garn - Alle garner, og strikk noen prøvelapper. mvh DROPS design

Carmen Leticia Hernandez Lozano 08.05.2020 - 18:30:

Me puede decir donde puedo comprar el estambre en Mexico, o si o envian a mexico

Ana 06.05.2020 - 13:48:

Para tejer a ganchillo, crochet, bolsas de rejilla que hilos son más recomendados por su resistencia, para utilizar las bolsas para fruta y verdura, dar varios nombres gracias.

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 - 00:52:

Hola Ana. Para este tipo de labores se recomiendan hilos de algodón de grosor medio (Muskat) o grueso (Paris, DropsYou )

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