To prepare for the class on Substitution, please search the internet for 3 crochet patterns (for garments) that you like. Bookmark the pages that have the photos & pattern information, making certain that the recommended yarn is listed somewhere.
For our class on Substitution, we will take the knowledge from the Gauge and Drape portions of this seminar in order to recommend (and defend) possibly yarn substitutions. Everyone is invited to post (in comments) the links to their patterns. Or, you can send them to me in an e-mail, and I will make certain to post them myself.
Then, I would like everyone to make suggestions to each other about what yarns might be a good substitute. Be prepared to defend your recommendations -- I'm hoping this week's class will inspire some healthy debate.
A side note: do not take offense to criticism. Learning other people's uncensored opinions is the quickest way to learn from other DIYers. I'm not one to foster a kindergarten-like "let's get along" vibe -- that's not Art, that's recess. Art requires some fire, and a bit of passion, so don't be afraid to speak your mind, and don't instantly back down (or take offense) if someone disagrees with you.
To start us off, I've chose 2 patterns from the new Interweave Crochet magazine:
Deceptively Simple Stole
recommended yarns:La Lana Wools Phat Silk Fine
La Lana Wools Contessa Silk Bouclé
recommended hook: 4.00 mm
recommended yarn: RYC Cashcotton
recommended hook: 4.5 mm
What yarns substitutions would y'all recommend for me?