I feel like I have one foot in New Zealand and one foot in the UK, as I have alternated between living in the two countries so many times now. So I understand what it feels like to struggle to buy a recommended yarn because of distance.
So for all of you who feel similarly I have created a free worksheet to accompany my Floating Clouds Cowl pattern so you can get some advice on swatching and substituting yarns for this pattern.
I absolutely love the Woollenflower Plant Dyed Alpaca, Linen, Silk plant dyed yarn. Its a sensory delight, and the linen makes it perfect for a summer knit. But if you can't get your hands on some easily I've found somewhat of a substitute in BC Garn's Silkbloom Extra Fino yarn. It is similar to Woollenflower's Alpaca, Linen, Silk yarn in that it is 2 plied and has some silk. But it knits slightly smaller and doesn't have either linen or alpaca.
So I have swatched it, and measured the width of 4 repeats (40sts) as 12.5cm.
And I measured half the height as 9 cm.
Going through the worksheet, if I knit the pattern without adjustment the cowl would end up measuring:
441 sts x 12.5 cm ÷ 40 sts = 138 cm long
9 cm x 2 = 18 cm high
I like to wrap the cowl around my head 3 times, so using a tape measure wrapped 3 times around I can see that I need at least 150cm.
So I'm going to adjust the pattern, as per my worksheet:
160cm x 40 sts ÷12.5 cm = 512 sts
I am going to round down as I find a tend to knit looser on larger pieces, so 510 ÷ 4 = 127.5 is not a whole number (which will mean the increases after the rolled edge won't work) so down 10 more sts to 500 ÷ 4 = 125, success.
Add 1 st to this to get:
New Twist & Cable Rnd St Count = 501sts
And the Cast On St Count = (501 sts - 1 st) x 0.75 = 375 sts
So how much yarn do I need to buy?
(501 sts ÷ 441 sts) x 516 m = 586 m
There are 300 m in every skein of BC Garn so I need to buy 2 of them.
Clear as mud? Just get in touch if you are stuck, and perhaps you will help another confused person when you do.