Floornament Yarn Substitution

Crochet rug yarn substitution

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So, you have your Floornament rug pattern, but don’t want to use the cord that is listed in the Details section.

Maybe it’s too expensive, maybe the colour you want isn’t available, or maybe you want to buy something in your local yarn store.

I get it!

These are all valid reasons to substitute the cord for a different yarn… but how much yarn do you need for the pattern you have purchased?

Well, that’s where I can help.

I have created a table of yarns that you can use to substitute for the cord and included the amount you need, so you don’t have to do the calculations yourself!

If you have already read this blog post feel free to jump to the table.

Click here to learn more about choosing the right fibre for your crochet rug.

Table of Contents

Number of Strands

I design my patterns so that you can use just about any yarn to crochet your rug.

The thickness of the yarn will determine how big the finished rug will be. The thicker the yarn, the larger the rug.

A Category 5 / Bulky / Chunky / Craft / Rug / 12 ply usually creates a crochet rug that is a practical size, so this is what you need to aim for when choosing a substitute.

If the yarn isn’t thick enough, you will need to use 2 or 3 strands.

In general, use 2 strands of Category 4 / Worsted / Afghan / Aran / 10 ply, or 3 strands of Category 3 / DK / Light Worsted / 8 ply.

This is as simple as using 1 strand from 2 or 3 balls of yarn at the same time. Pulling from the centre of each ball will help to reduce the strands getting tangled.

I used a 7 mm hook for all yarn substitutes.

Crocheting with 3 strands of yarn

How I Made the Yarn Calculations

To calculate the number of balls needed for each Floornament rug yarn substitution, I crocheted a sample square according to the pattern in my Yarn Calculator blog post.

I then chose the yarns that created a square that had a similar size to the 3 mm braided cord sample square. This means that the gauge listed in the pattern should be able to be obtained with these yarns.

After that, it was just a matter of filling in the yarn calculator details to find out how much yarn to buy and listing it in the table.

I used a 7 mm hook for each of the yarns.

Yarn substitution sample squares

About the Yarn Substitution Table

As you can image, I don’t have the time or resources to crochet a sample square of every yarn that is available and list it in the table. 

So, I have tried to list a variety of yarns that are available in different countries, use 1, 2 or 3 strands, and that have a variety of weight-length ratios per ball.

By using any of these yarns listed in the table, you should be able to obtain the gauge listed in the pattern. This will create a rug that is approximately the same finished size as listed in the Details section of the pattern.

The information below is divided into the number of strands needed to obtain the correct gauge. Each table is in order of the number of balls for each design with the least number of balls at the top.

You can use this table to find the amount of yarn for a specific Floornament design and yarn substitute.

To do this, find the name of the Floornament design you wish to make and click on the name. The active design name will be in blue. Scroll down to the yarn you want to use and find the corresponding number of balls of yarn. 

Remember to use the same number of strands when you crochet as listed in the table in order to be able to obtain the correct gauge.

Please note that all of the yarns listed in the tables use a 7 mm hook.

What If the Yarn I Want to Use Isn’t Listed?

There are a couple of things you can do if the yarn you want to use isn’t listed in the table.

Option 1: You can use the weight-length ratio Per Ball as a guide to how much yarn to buy for a specific design. Click on the design name you want to crochet then find a yarn with a similar Per Ball ratio to the yarn you want to use. Find the corresponding length of yarn (in metres) and divide it by the metres of yarn in 1 ball of the yarn you want to use. Round this number up to the nearest whole number in order to get the number of balls to buy.

Option 2: You can use the Yarn Calculator to calculate how much yarn to buy for a different yarn.

Keep in mind that these calculations are guide only. The amount of yarn you use may vary.

These tables are best viewed on a PC, laptop or tablet.

Here are the lengths of yarn needed for each rug design.

Adinah – 700 m

Aurora – 1300 m

Bloom – 900 m

Eliana – 900 m

Flora – 800 m

Harlo – 600 m

Natura – 1800 m

Oasis – 500 m

Oasis + Extension – 1100 m

Orbit – 1100 m

Radiance – 900 m

Splendour – 1300 m

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I hope these tables have helped you save time and money in buying the yarn you need for your crochet rug.

New information will be added as I publish a new Floornament rug design.

Be sure to come back again soon when you have another Floornament rug to crochet.

Feel free to Contact me if you have any questions.

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Hi, I’m Andrea!

I am a wife and mum of 6 kids.

I love to camp, eat chocolate and I’m addicted to crochet!

Floornament was born out of a love of crochet and a desire to create crochet patterns so that others can decorate their home with beautiful crochet floor rugs.


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