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Old 11-19-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

What kind of yarn do you like to use for things like hats, mittens, and scarves? After getting into knitting longies, I can never go back to Red Heart yarn , but I'm wondering what sort of fiber all you experienced knitters like to use. I'm guessing you don't use exclusively wool, because that would be a PITB to wash. Ideas, anyone?

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I think a lot of people use super wash wool yarn for things that might need washing. I like cotton yarn for toys and blankets, but it drapes VERY differently so you have to be careful about making wearables with it. Not that it doesn't work, but it might have a different look / fit if the pattern was made for something else.
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

Superwash or wool blends. I think Encore is nice for a blend.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
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Thanks, ladies! I'm so glad I can still pursue my new-found online yarn addiction! There are only so many longies you can knit, kwim?
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

I like blends too. Easy care and rather inexpensive. Though I do make a lot of things from woolies yarns, I have so many it doesn't make sense not to use them
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

I use wool for everything and I prefer hand washable wool. My woolies rarely need washing even the kids sweaters. Also I have found even hand wash wool can be washed in my machine without felting, it has no agitator.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:15 AM   #7
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

I use a fair amount of superwash wool, which works out well. I've used a few silk/merino blends, and once I knit a shawl with a merino/cashmere/nylon blend that was so, so soft!
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

I love debbie bliss cashmerino; it's a superwash cashmere and merino blend and comes in tons of colors.
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

Superwash wools, or nylon/wool blends are great. Anything blended with cashmere always feels wonderful, but is usually handwash and air dry. Cotton and silks can be nice too, but some people find it hard on their hands as they're knitting.
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Re: What kind of yarn for non-woolie items?

For my own kids/DH, I use a lot of just regular sturdy wool. Cestari, MMW, Cascade 220, Knit Picks bulky WotA, Knit Picks Andes del Campo. I've never had a problem with cleaning it, since I have hand washing supplies for wool around anyway. I also use superwash wool for us quite a bit, but right now the sweaters that DH and the kids all have are just plain wool.

For other people, I usually use superwash wool, wool/acrylic blends, or cotton/acrylic blends. Every once in a great while I'll use 100% acrylic but I prefer blends.
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