yarn substitute for Bernat Berella Baby Bulky?

sheilajoyce_gwJuly 5, 2006

I have an old pattern book that calls for Bernat Berella Baby Bulky and I do not know a good substitute. It is a pattern that calls for a C (2:50 mm) or B (2 mm)hook and says 5 sc = 1 inch and 6 rows = 1 inch.

I want a soft synthetic pink yarn as this is a pattern for a lacy short sleeved baby dress and matching "soaker."

I thought I would make this in a size one to thank my DD's friend who gave her all those hand me down maternity slacks. Her baby girl is one month old, and so I thought I would make something she can wear next summer. They usually have tons of newborn sizes and nothing for an older baby.

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threejsmom

You can check for similar weight yarns using the link below. Is the Bernat discontinued?

Here is a link that might be useful: Yarndex

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 10:26AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

I think so. Some of my pattern books are from when I was first pregnant 33 to 34 years ago, so patterns I love often are for out of production yarns. A chart will be helpful.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 3:51PM
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threejsmom

Have you checked Joann's or AC Moore? They may have something similar. If anything, acrylic these days has gotten much nicer and softer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Joann.com

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 6:26PM
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profsusan

I did a quick search and found a pattern that calls for the same yarn - according to this pattern, Bernat Berella Baby Bulky is a sportweight yarn. Guess many years ago the "baby" yarn was fingering and anything heavier, even sport which we know think of as lightweight, was considered bulky. The Bernat Beralla "4" is probably a good subsititute

Here is a link that might be useful: Bernat Beralla

    Bookmark   July 14, 2006 at 9:35AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Thanks, Susan. Yes, my old pattern books all call for baby yarn, which is perhaps a tad larger than fingering or sock yarn. Now I have to order any baby yarn online as no local store sells baby yarn, and it is so hard to tell the hue of the color. When I ask store clerks about baby yarn, they always point out the sport yarn.

I have some great old pattern books, but the yarns they call for are not made any longer.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2006 at 10:29PM
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profsusan

I have been able to purchase the Bernat Baby (lightweight #1/fingering) at Joann's and AC Moore but they generally have very little selection. They always seem to have the white sparkle and then sometimes something random. Joann's does sell it on their website.

Here is a link that might be useful: Joann.com

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 2:00PM
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