Berroco Chinchilla Yarn Substitutes

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Berroco Chinchilla Yarn Substitutes
Browse yarn stores to find a replacement for Berroco Chinchilla. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Berroco Chinchilla is a classic chenille yarn whose softness, shine and synthetic composition make it suitable for a wide array of knitting and crocheting projects. This yarn was discontinued in fall 2008. You may still be able to find skeins in people's stashes and from some online sellers. However, you can substitute it with yarns that match its properties for any project pattern that calls for Berroco Chinchilla.


Berroco Chinchilla yarn is considered to be a chunky or bulky weight yarn. This means that it is thicker or heavier than many other yarn types. Find other bulky or chunky weight yarns to replace Berroco Chinchilla. You may also opt to use different textured yarns to replace Berroco Chinchilla as long as you match the gauge a pattern gives for a piece intended to be made from the original yarn.


The gauge of Berroco Chinchilla yarn is 14 stitches for 4 inches, which means that 3.5 stitches make up 1 inch in a row. This measurement is based on swatches knitted on a U.S. size 8 knitting needle. Look for yarns that match this gauge exactly. However, you can use any type of yarn as a substitute as long as you adjust the number of stitches in a pattern to match the gauge. Choose a yarn, then knit a test swatch. Measure how many stitches in your swatch equal a row of 4 inches. Then divide it by 14, which is Chinchilla's gauge. The resulting number is your stitch ratio. Multiply every number of stitches given in your pattern by the stitch ratio, rounding up as necessary. This way, you can knit a piece with any yarn you choose to substitute for Berroco Chinchilla.

Fibre Content

Berroco Chinchilla yarn is made of 100 per cent rayon, a synthetic fibre. The yarn has a chenille texture that has a silken, velveteen lustre. Look for other types of chenille yarns to replace Chinchilla. Plush, soft synthetic yarns are carried by most craft stores. Find yarns that gently reflect light if you want to emulate the characteristic luminosity of the original yarn.


Berroco Chinchilla yarn is dry clean only. Choose a substitute yarn that matches its other qualities and has the same care requirements. However, if you want to knit or crochet a project that calls for Berroco Chinchilla yarn but is easier to care for, simply find a similar yarn that doesn't need to be dry cleaned. A yarn's care instructions are printed on its label. Synthetic yarns like acrylic are often machine washable.

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