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YarnSub News: May 2015

This month we've made some improvements to the YarnSub substitution algorithm and to the search page.

New and discontinued yarns are at the end as usual.

Improvements to YarnSub

Superwash awareness

Superwash treatment makes a difference not only to the washability, but also to the softness, memory and even drape of a wool yarn. So we've changed the YarnSub matching engine to give a higher similarity rating when two superwash-treated yarns are compared, as opposed to a superwash and a non-superwash.

Practically speaking, this means that if you're looking for substitutes for a superwash yarn, other superwash yarns show highest in the list of substitutes offered, and vice versa for non-superwash. Gauge and texture and fiber characteristics are all still taken into account of course.

We've also added substitution notes when a superwash yarn is offered as a substitute for a non-superwash yarn, and vice versa:

This yarn is made with non-superwash wool. It may felt unless washed carefully.
This yarn is made with superwash wool, so it isn't suitable for a felting project.

More intuitive searches

The search function has also been improved, so you don't need to use quotes when looking for yarns with a certain percentage of a fiber. It also now recognizes common typos - like I only seem able to type 'merion', instead of 'merino', for instance!

Here are some search examples:

and finally, for when your fingers move faster than your brain: 100% merion!


New and Discontinued Yarns

Dream in Color Canyon (Heavy Worsted)

New Dream in Color Canyon—Image © Dream in Color

New

Alize
Duet - 60% Bamboo, 40% Cotton - Fingering/4-ply - Plied - Solid colors

Bernat
Dimensions - 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool - Bulky/Chunky - Thick and Thin - Self-striping
Spectrum - 100% Acrylic - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Single wrapped with fine thread - Solid colors with bright thread

Cascade Yarns
Boliviana - 100% Merino Wool - Aran - Plied - Solid colors

Dream in Color
Canyon - 100% Wool - Heavy Worsted - Plied - Tonal colors, Multi-colored, Solid colors
Mammoth - 100% Wool - Bulky/Chunky - Plied - Tonal colors, Multi-colored, Solid colors

Hjertegarn
Arezzo - 29% Linen, 37% Cotton, 34% Bamboo - Sportweight - Crepe - Solid colors

James C Brett
Confetti - 94% Polyester, 6% Nylon - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Fleece effect - Dotted colors

Marks and Kattens
Jubileumsgarn - 100% Organic Cotton - Sportweight - Plied - Solid colors

Premier Yarns
Boreal - 100% Wool - Aran - Single ply - Self-striping (gradient change)

Schoppel-Wolle
ALB Lino - 85% Wool, 15% Linen - Fingering/4-ply - Plied - Heathers
Chat - 100% Cotton - Worsted - Tape - Solid colors
El Linio - 100% Linen - Worsted - Chained - Tonal colors

Universal Yarn
Amphora - 60% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 20% Alpaca - DK - Plied - Solid colors
Universe - 41% Cotton, 42% Linen, 8% Nylon, 9% Metallic - Fingering/4-ply - Wrapped fiber - Multi-colored and wrapped in dark thread

Discontinued

Artesano
Linen Silk - 40% Wool, 35% Silk, 25% Linen - DK - Plied - Semi-solid colors, Multi-colored

Berroco
Boboli - 42% Wool, 35% Acrylic, 23% Rayon - Worsted - Single ply
Borealis - 60% Acrylic, 40% Wool - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Single ply - Multi-colored
Borealis Tweed - 52% Acrylic, 33% Wool, 15% Rayon - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Tweedy
Elements - 51% Wool, 49% Nylon - Aran - Chained
Kodiak - 61% Alpaca, 24% Nylon, 15% Wool - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Fuzzy

Debbie Bliss
Rialto Aran - 100% Merino Superwash Wool - Aran - Plied - Solid colors

King Cole
Magnum Chunky - 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool - Bulky/Chunky - Plied

Knit One Crochet Too
Tartelette - 50% Cotton, 50% Nylon - Aran - Ribbon

Phildar
Charly - 100% Acrylic - Sportweight - Plied

Plymouth Yarn
Jeannee Chunky - 51% Cotton, 49% Acrylic - Bulky/Chunky - Plied - Solid colors

Queensland Collection
Air - 42% Wool, 41% Acrylic, 17% Polyester - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Chained - Multi-colored

Red Heart
Boutique Changes - 88% Acrylic, 12% Wool - Bulky/Chunky - Fuzzy

Rowan
Alpaca Cotton - 72% Alpaca, 28% Cotton - Aran - Fuzzy
Kidsilk Amore - 70% Mohair, 30% Silk - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Chained - Multi-colored
Kidsilk Amore Shimmer - 66% Mohair, 27% Silk, 4% Metallic, 3% Nylon - Super Bulky/Super Chunky - Chained - Multi-colored with metallic thread
Kidsilk Haze Eclipse - 66% Mohair, 27% Silk, 4% Metallic, 3% Nylon - Laceweight - Brushed Bouclé
Pure Wool DK - 100% Superwash Wool - DK - Plied - Solid colors

Schachenmayr Original
Brazilia - 100% Polyester - Aran - Eyelash
Catania Fine - 100% Mercerized Cotton - Fingering/4-ply - Plied - Solid colors

Universal Yarn
Merino XF Superwash - 100% Merino Superwash Wool - DK - Plied - Solid colors


Disclaimer: YarnSub provides information for guidance only and doesn't guarantee its accuracy. We try hard to get it right though - please let us know if you see any issues. (hello@yarnsub.com)

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