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I see the Your Yarn My Needles customs and I see yarn that I LOVE, but I never know if the yarn I love is the right kind for longies!!! What is the best type, weight, etc. for longies? Pros and cons to various kinds of yarns?

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Also, if I see a yarn I have to have (lol!!) what is a safe amount to be sure I could get a pair of Large longies out of it?
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You want to buy yarn that says it is worsted weight, aran weight or bulky weight (stay away from anything that says sock yarn). 100% wool generally works best. Any one of these or a blend is great:
Merino - very soft but pills heavily usually -- but really is the softest for the price, one of my favorites even with the pilling
BFL - not as soft all the time (although I have knit with some silky soft BFL but the softness varies far more in this than in merino) it pills less so it stands up a bit better to crawlers and toddlers
Targhee - one of my favorites as well. Not as soft as merino or BFL but tough as nails and it has an almost cottony feel to me.
Mohair blends - stand up really well usually but they are very itchy until they have been broken in (like Peace Fleece the stuff is bullet proof and wears like nothing else but it takes at least 4 washes before it starts to soften up)
There are a few other types but these are the ones I knit with most often.

You can also use wool acrylic blends, you want it to have at least 50% wool and they will need to be washed more often -- but the good news is usually they are machine washable on the gentle cycle.


ETA: For amounts you should really try to contact the knitter you would like to do the YYMN custom for because everyone's pattern varies just a bit. A safe bet is to buy 8 oz or so (usually 2 skiens or about 450-500 yards) if you want to do a matching hat you will need to buy a bit more. With 8oz even if you are a bit short the knitter should be able to find some matching trim for the waist and cuff (or you can order some when you order the main colorway) to finish out the longies for you.
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ok i asked my Friend about this last night she own Heavenly huggers on HC She told me to look for BFL or worest weight wool and for longies she said to get 8oz for shorties 4oz she said anything from Mosaic Moon is perfect..lol
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Aran or worsted weight (you can also get bulky but you will need more oz) wool or mostly wool (i.e. wool/alpaca or something like that). You will generally want 7-8 oz for longies and 3.5-4 oz for shorties (you can get away w/ 3.5-4 oz for small or newborn longies if you have trim) + 1/2 (2oz) skein of trim if you want.
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I think it's best to ask the WAHM you're considering to do the YYMN. Different knitters use different patterns and that effects yarn use.
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hmmm, i knit longies for my daugther and i only get 4 oz and maybe some trim, and i could a pair of med or med/l longies out of that 4 oz.

i also just traded for some nb longies. i used 4 oz, and was able to make longies (no trim), an i-cord and a small ball of unused yarn.

gee, i must knit tight or something
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I think it's best to ask the WAHM you're considering to do the YYMN. Different knitters use different patterns and that effects yarn use.
Definitely Also many knitters (me included) may offer YYMN needles spots, but have in-stock yarn to choose from, or can help you find the yarn you want.
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Crochet takes more yarn then knitting does. Where knitting you can get a medium pair of longies out of 1 skein crochet you need 2 depending on inseam maybe a bit more. YYMN is knitting, YYMH is crochet. And I agree that if you don't want to look for yarn yourself ask the WAHM if they have instock yarn you can look at.
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ok i asked my Friend about this last night she own Heavenly huggers on HC She told me to look for BFL or worest weight wool and for longies she said to get 8oz for shorties 4oz she said anything from Mosaic Moon is perfect..lol

i'm confused by this. BFL is a type of sheep and worsted is the weight of the yarn.

brands you can look for:

Marr Haven, BBR, Cestari

type of sheep (wool):

BFL, Merino, Targhee, Corriedale (there are more)

Grades:
< 17.5 - Ultrafine Merino
17.6-18.5 - Superfine Merino
< 19.5 - Fine Merino
19.6-20.5 - Fine medium Merino
20.6-22.5 - Medium Merino
22.6 < - Strong Merino

Weights (in no particular order):

DK, Sport, Sock, Lace, Worsted, Bulky, Aran...etc....

Plys:
Single
2-ply
3-ply
6-ply
8-ply
and so on...

Dyers:
Mosaic Moon
In Stitches (had to throw myself in )
Ellibelly
Western Sky Knits
Nurturing Threads
Yarnoodles
(again there are more)


You want a wool type: taken from HERE
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Wool as far as I'm concerned (and I'm the one writing this FAQ,) wool is fiber from a domesticated sheep. Wool accepts dye well, is flame-retardant by nature, remains warm even when wet, sheds water better than other yarns. Natural wool should be hand-washed. 'Superwash' wool has been treated to allow machine washing. Wool will usually resume its proper shape when washed correctly; if it is mistreated and washed in too-hot water, it will shrink or felt.
Types of wool with most common bolded (Taken from HERE)
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Fine Wool:
Merino
Delaine Merino
Rambouillet requires careful preparation
Debouillet good for the softest, "next to the skin" garments
Booroola Merino
Cormo
Shetland

Medium Wool:
Suffolk
Dorset
Oxford
Hampshire
Shropshire
Southdown
Jacob
Clun Forest good beginner fleeces
Tunis used most often for mittens, hats,
Finnish Landrace (Finnsheep) sweaters, gloves and jackets
Polworth
Perendale
Navajo Churro

(those listed below are also known as Crossbreed)

Columbia
Panama
Romeldale
Targhee
Corriedale
Montadale
Longwool
Romney
Lincoln
Cotswold
Leicester
Border Leicester good for outer garments
Coopworth lend themselves to worsted yarns
Lincoln Longwool
Teeswater
Wensleydale
Shetland

Coarsewool/mountain:
Karakul
Cheviot
Scottish Blackface
Welsh Mountain used for hardwearing fabrics and rugs
Black Welsh Mountain
Rough Fell
Swaledale


Recommended Wools For Specific Yarns

(Remember, these are just recommendations, not rules set in stone!)

For soft yarn,

Fine: Merino, Southdown, fine Romney, Corriedale,Shetland

Medium: Corriedale, Perendale, Romney, Shetland

For thick, bulky yarn: Cheviot, Perendale, Southdown, or fine Romney

For shiny yarn: long-stapled lustrous breeds such as Leicester, Coopworth, or Romney

For dull yarn: Cheviot, Southdown.

For hard yarn: Lincoln, Leicester, Coopworth, strong Romney.

For smooth yarn: long-stapled fleece from Romney, Leicester, or Coopworth.
What you want for longies is a Worsted Weight (you can go Aran or even DK..I don't recommend Bulky, although you could I suppose...but think of big bulky sweaters...yuk)

Type of wool: You will want one of the bolded above. You probably won't find many of the others on the Indy Dyeing scene on HC anyhow. Any brand will work but all have different things people love them for.
Any dyer will be fine as long as you find a colorway you love. Certain people have dyers they swear by but I think you should look around and not go with one dyers because someone said to. There is tons of beautiful yarn on HC and Etsy. You want a 2 or 3 ply for a crawler on up. A newborn you can get single ply because it is by far the softest.

Amount: For large you want at least 400-500 yards. Better safe then sorry. In a worsted weight that is somewhere between 8-10 ounces. For Crochet you will need more.
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