Yarns that can be substituted for DK wool for an indoor shawl

by Deb
(New Hampshire)

I have a pattern for an obi shawl that calls for DK yarn which appears to be a wool yarn. This leads me to believe this shawl is something that is warm in weight and would probably be worn outside. Is there another yarn I could substitute to make this a shawl to be worn inside?



Hi Deb,

If you wanted a shawl that is not so warm and to be worn indoor, you can substitute DK wool yarn with any other DK other yarn options.

Pic 1: Bamboo & Rayon Blend Yarn

Cotton, linen, silk and bamboo yarns are all natural fibers and they feel really comfy. They tend to keep you cooler than synthetic fibers. They can be good substitute for wool and will keep you comfortable enough when staying inside in a cool weather.

If you wanted yarns that are little bit warmer, you can use blend yarns such as cotton & viscose, silk & cotton, rayon & linen or just acrylic. There are so many choices available, you can really get lost in a yarn shop.

Thanks Deb, I hope this is helping you a little bit. Have fun shopping for yarn.


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Dec 28, 2013
Substituting yarn for wool
by: Geri

I would like to make a cowl but the yarn called for is Paton's Classic Wool and I'm allergic to wool. What Paton's or other brand yarn could I substitute to get the desired weight for the finished cowl. Thanks.


Hi Geri,

You can use DK or worsted weight yarns with similar weight of Paton's classic as mentioned below;

Weight 3.50 oz / 100 g
Length: 210 yd / 192 m

There are many pretty acrylic yarns these day that have the looks and the feels of wool. Try search around from online yarn shop and see what they've got. The most important thing is that you like it. Keep in mind the similar weight and length of the yarn you choose.

Yarnmarket.com is pretty good or if you live close to Michael's or Joann's are pretty good also.

I hope this helps and wish you the best!


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