Being a newbie, I am at a loss when it comes to choosing yarn sizes to match patterns. I finally found a sweater pattern that I think I can handle. It calls for Morehouse Merino Bulky which is:
100% Merino, bulky weight
115 yards per skein / approximately 4 oz.
#13 to #17 / 2 to 2½ stitches = 1 inch
It's also very expensive at $17.80 per skein and I will need 8 or 9 skeins.
Morehouse Farm Bulky Yarn
Since I don't like to waste money, I thought I would go with a much more conservatively priced acrylic yarn just to see if I can make the thing. If I am successful, I may donated it to a charity and remake one as a gift using the better quality yarn. I found Brava Bulky Yarn on KnitPicks which is:
Weight: Bulky Weight Acrylic
Knitting Gauge: 3-3.75 sts = 1" on #10-11 needles
Amount: 136 yards/100 gram ball
Brava Bulky Yarn
SO, my dilemma is are these two yarns similar enough that I should get the same results?
I did find out that Lion Brand makes a Thick & Quick Wool-Ease Super Bulky yarn that gives me 9 sts using #13, so I can always fall back on that. I did a gauge swatch and it matches the pattern nicely. At least I had a skein of that at home so I could try it. It's between $8 and $10 per skein, so that drives up the price as well.
I guess it comes down to the number of stitches needed and the needle size that throws me off. Are 3-3.75/in on #10-11 needles the same or close enough to 2-2.5/in on #13?
I've always been a penny pincher and I don't like to buy the wrong things. So, any help you guys can offer, I would appreciate.