Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cerus Yarn Substitutions

One of the questions I receive most frequently is if I can recommend a good substitute yarn for Cerus, as the Rowan Tapestry I call for (and knit the original in) has sadly been discontinued. What I'd really like to do is test out some yarns myself and reknit a sample, but for lack of time, I thought I'd pick out a few of my favorites from Ravelry so you can see several different options. Unfortunately, nothing looks exactly like the Tapestry, but folks have done some really neat things that I hope you find inspiring! If you see something you like, I encourage you to look at the linked Ravelry project notes to see if the knitter cast on more/fewer stitches, used different needles, etc.

Phootsy used Plymouth Yarn Mushishi, a wool and silk blend. The long color changes and neutral tones remind me very much of the original Tapestry.

Chris used Noro Silk Garden , which I've been recommending to people quite a bit as a substitute though it will result in a slightly fuzzier scarf. I believe this may even come in a colorway very similar to the Tapestry I used.

Johanna used Noro Kureyon Sock, which is lighter weight than the Tapestry, and is just beautiful!

vogeltje used Noro Shirakaba (picked with help from Magpie Yarn) -- another great Noro option.

Italian Dish Knits used Lorna's Laces Honor -- I think this is lovely.

Maureen used Sirdar Eco Wool DK -- more nice, long color changes.

Ulli used Hedgehog Fibres Silk/Merino Singles, a slightly chunkier yarn, on US 10 needles.

Nicole used three different colors (two greens and a grey) of The Alpaca Yarn Co. Classic Alpaca for a different, but very cool, look.

And for a solid Cerus, I think the one Kam made with stash-staple Cascade 220 is fantastic.

I hope this helps!


Teresa said...

This is a great post. Thanks for sharing the subs :)

Janet said...

Your post couldn't be more timely!! I'm going to knit a Cerus for my son-in-law and have been mulling over the yarn for days. Thanks.

Claudia Bugh said...

What fun to see all these great interpretations of your pattern ~ and for you to know that it's keeping so many people warm and looking fabulous!!!

elby said...

I'm getting ready to knit this beautiful cerus scarf. The yarn I was going to use is a 3 ply blend of alpaca, wool, and mohair. My son would like it about 80" long and 9" wide. Do you think this yarn would work? Should I make some modifications as to how many to cast on?

Hilary said...

Hi Linda, It's hard to know exactly how the yarn you're describing will work with the pattern, but I'm sure it will be fine! In order to get the right length, do a gauge swatch in the linen stitch pattern to determine how many stitches to cast on for a total of 80". Then work until it's 9". Hope that helps!

Unknown said...

I don't know if anyone is still following this -- the last entry was 6 years ago -- but thought I would let folks know that I'm going give this scarf a try with Lang Angelina (silk/wool blend). This is a 50g/150m yarn, and it looks lighter than most of the yarns others have used. I imagine I'll have to make some adjustments. Just hope I have enough yarn for at least 72 inches!