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Old 07-01-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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yarn for longies/shorties question...

I was just reading through the Intro to CDs sticky...

I thought only wool yarn worked for making longies/shorties but that post said that you can use acrylic yarn too.

Has anyone done this?

Do they work?

I've always wanted to make longies/shorties but too intimitated by wool and lanolizing!

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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Re: yarn for longies/shorties question...

Acrylic soakers work just like fleece soakers from what I understand. You need to work them at a bit denser gauge than you normally would, so maybe go down a needle/hook size or two. They do not need to be lanolized but they do need to be washed after a day's use.
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Re: yarn for longies/shorties question...

I find that they don't work as well. I made 1 pair of shorties out of acrylic and don't use them because they are not effective. You can use a wool/acrylic blend or a super wash wool though. I have used sock wool doubled or even a superwash sock wool on small needles and had good success. They are not quite as effective as pure wool but I dont mind the compromise when I can wash them in the washer.
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I find that they don't work as well. I made 1 pair of shorties out of acrylic and don't use them because they are not effective. You can use a wool/acrylic blend or a super wash wool though. I have used sock wool doubled or even a superwash sock wool on small needles and had good success. They are not quite as effective as pure wool but I dont mind the compromise when I can wash them in the washer.
If I use a wool blend do I still need to lanolize it?
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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Re: yarn for longies/shorties question...

I don't know about lanolizing wool/acrylic blends, but I too was intimidated by lanolizing until I found a video on a diaper site. It's very easy. PM me if you want the site or try a google search. There might be better ones out there on you tube.

Many people love wool once they try knitting/crocheting with it. It has a nice amount of stretch. If you are wanting some inexpensive wool to try out, Paton's Classic Wool has a nicer feel than Lion's Brand Wool. I've found both of those at Michael's during sales or or with coupons. AC Moore might have it too.
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