Philosopher's Wool
Cross-Reference Charts

For those knitters who have enjoyed knitting with Philosopher's Wool yarn, our Canadian Collection yarn offers a very economical altenative. It can be used as a direct substitute for 2-ply wool yarn from The Philosopher's Wool Company. With an identical weight, skein size, yardage, similar texture and even matching colours, substituting our Canadian Collection yarn is simple.

Skeins of Wool

We have provided the information below to help substitute Canadian Collection 100% Wool yarn in patterns originally designed for Philosopher Wool 2-ply yarn.

Our Canadian Collection yarn can be used as a skein-for-skein substitute for those 2-ply patterns found in the book Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified by Ann and Eugene Bourgeois of Philosophers Wool and Foot Notes - Socks to Make Your Feet Dance by Joseph Madl. Our yarn can also be mixed with left-over yarn from kits previously purchased. Sweater patterns in which this yarn can be substituted include: "Alligator Teeth", "Colour Your Own", "Fin & Feather", "Fractured Diamonds", "Garden Patch", "Jenna Louise", "Killim Jacket", "Rainbows", "Southwest", "Squares Around", "Stained Glass", "Stars", "Timber Frame", "Trillium", "Tradition" and "Windows" which can be found in Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified.

GaugeWorsted Weight
YarnPhilosopher's Wool
2-ply Worsted
Canadian Collection
2-ply Worsted
Tension21 stitches
equals 4 inches (10 cm)
with 5 mm (US 8) needles
21 stitches
equals 4 inches (10 cm)
with 5 mm (US 8) needles
Size112 gram
(4.0 ounce) skein
112 gram
(4.0 ounce) skein
Yardage183 metres
(200 yards)
183 metres
(200 yards)
Colour ChartColour Substitutions

Colour Comparison Chart

This chart below matches the Philosopher's Wool colours to the equivalent colour of our Canadian Collection yarn. For some colours an exact match is not available but where possible a close substitute have been suggested. To see these colours, go to our Yarn Sample Card.

Philosopher's Wool
2-ply Worsted Weight
Canadian Collection
2-ply Worsted Weight
Alberta GreenCDN-86Jade (substitute)
Anne CDN-37Copper (substitute)
Bright TurquoiseCDN-83Turquoise
Dark Blue HeatherCDN-74Dark Blue Heather
Dark Brown HeatherCDN-31Dark Brown Heather
Dark Green HeatherCDN-65Dark Green Heather
Dark Grey CDN-56Dark Grey
Dark MaroonCDN-22Dark Maroon
Dark Purple HeatherCDN-89Dark Purple Heather
Dark RaspberryCDN-10Raspberry (substitute)
Forest (Green)CDN-68Forest Green (substitute)
GrapeCDN-74Dark Blue Heather (substitute)
Kool Aid ColoursCDN-50Natural (request dyeing info)
Light Blue HeatherCDN-71Light Blue Heather
Light Green HeatherCDN-59Light Green Heather
Light GreyCDN-53Light Grey
Light MaroonCDN-19Light Maroon
Light Purple Heather--
Light RaspberryCDN-07Salmon (substitute)
Oregon GreenCDN-62Moss (substitute)
PeatCDN-34Chocolate (substitute)
PeriwinkleCDN-80Royal Blue (substitute)
Rose HeatherCDN-04Rose
Special RaspberryCDN-10Raspberry
Special RedCDN-16Scarlet (substitute)
Special RoseCDN-04Rose (substitute)
WineCDN-16Scarlet (substitute)

Note: The above table was constructed by comparing the colours of Philosopher's Wool yarn with those on the Canadian Collection sample card.
Matching colours are those deemed to be within the expected variation for a dyelot and those identified
as "Substitutions" are what we would substitute in patterns.


Note that Camilla Valley Farm and the products and/or information offered on this webpage are in no way associated with the The Philosopher's Wool Company.

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