View Full Version : Economical yarn for an afghan?

08-26-2005, 04:16 PM
I want to make it my mission this winter to knit an afghan. I want it to be nice and soft and cozy and all the rest, but I just cannot afford the best yarn, mostly because afghans use SO MUCH.

So I'm looking for any recommendations of yarns that I can buy for cheap but that are still something you'd want to wrap yourself up in! I don't even mind acrylic, as long as it's a 'nice' acrylic.

08-26-2005, 04:41 PM
Hrmmm... :thinking:

Caron Simply Soft - made Kyoto w/ it
Lionbrand Pound of Love - I've made 3 afghans w/ this. I would recommend using needle size 10 or 10.5. Size 9 or 8 may be okay, but I made one of the afghans w/ size 6 and it was no where near as soft as the other 2 afghans made w/ 10 and 10.5.
Bernat Softee - never worked w/ it myself. but it feels good on the shelf.

PS: It's nice to know I'm not the only one the "economical yarn" department. :thumbsup:

08-26-2005, 05:15 PM
Caron Simply Soft - made Kyoto w/ it

What's Kyoto?

08-26-2005, 05:19 PM
Plymouth Encore is my vote. Also, the Sorrento arylics at www.smileysyarns.com are quite good. Cheeeeeap, too. I used the Simply Soft for part of the frog sweater, and didn't really like it. Just my opinion, though.

08-26-2005, 08:32 PM
What about Crayon from Knitpicks? Its cotton, but its not your regular dishcloth-type stuff....its really soft (I just got the color card today!) and nice and textural...alot like Lion Brand Homespun, actually....And, its machine washable and as always with KP, CHEAP!!

08-26-2005, 08:37 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Knitpicks :heart: :heart: :heart: but I am so unbelievably sad that these very cheap prices become not so cheap when you figure in shipping and exchange to Canada :verysad: Believe me, I would be doing Kelly-style Knitpick binges if Canadian money were taken at par :roflhard: .

Anyone used Bernat Satin???

(oh yeah, forgot to mention that I would LOVE to do the retro throw pattern from knitpicks, I think that one was designed to be made with Crayon yarn)

08-26-2005, 10:01 PM
OH, CRUD...I keep forgetting that not everyone here is in the US. :rollseyes:

08-26-2005, 10:06 PM
www.wool-tyme.com (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=5&url=http%3A//www.wool-tyme.com/wt_ca/catalog86_0.html&ei=7ckPQ6S5FJ2oaLqmlb8K)

ca.dir.yahoo.com ...etc (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=8&url=http%3A//ca.dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Shopping_and_Services/Arts_and_Crafts/Crafts/Knitting_and_Crocheting/Supplies_and_Equipment/&ei=7ckPQ6S5FJ2oaLqmlb8K)

www.handknitting.com (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=10&url=http%3A//www.handknitting.com/&ei=7ckPQ6S5FJ2oaLqmlb8K)

www.bcnorth.ca/yarn (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=11&url=http%3A//www.bcnorth.ca/yarn/&ei=VMoPQ7XxJKueaPDQqcQK)

Here's few Canadian on-line stores.

08-26-2005, 10:30 PM
Ingrid, thank you so much!! You're so sweet! :cheering:

Some sites there that actually show prices (and shipping!) in Canadian $$$$. *gasp* :shock: That is VERY hard to come by.

Again, thanks, I really appreciate it!

08-26-2005, 10:33 PM
You're so welcome. I know there are some that I get emails from that have both a Canadian and US site. I'll bookmark them to share. It seems silly to have to pay international postage when there are some closer to home.

08-26-2005, 11:51 PM
My sister kives the afghan that I did for her for Christmas last year and I'm told that they fight over who gets to use it...I used Lionbrand Woolease, it's soft & washable!! My MIL LOVES the one that I did for her in Lionbrand Homespun....very, very soft!
gosh...KK is right, were is not for the fact that you weren't here...'Crayon' is VERY SOFT...which is why I used it for my granddaughter's ensemble.
I also have been getting emails from lionbrand that they have new yarns...worth checking out. As well as bernat, I can't think of the name of it...but it's washable and very, very soft.

08-27-2005, 01:01 AM
OMG I felt that new yarn the other day at Joanns! Its like a baby terry or something.....DIVINE!!!! :inlove:

NO - It wasn't Bernat...its was a Patons yarn..."Be Mine" (http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=bemine&PHPSESSID=20773180d4d3c91894cb3040a941ebdd) was the name of it....100% nylon. Machine wash & dry.

08-27-2005, 06:55 AM
Machine wash & dry is a plus on an afghan...all of mine have been such, except for one that I did for a wedding gift.
Haven't ya'll noticed that the more 'main-stream' yarns that are in Michael's, Joanns, even WalMart.....are coming out with cool new yarns; not like some of them used to be, ..... just kind of yucky.

08-27-2005, 10:26 PM
Another nice site with a Canadian option-- www.yarnforward.com

08-28-2005, 12:22 PM
Um, I don't have a yarn recommendation, but I do love www.elann.com, and I believe they're in Canada.

08-28-2005, 03:14 PM
You people are great!!! :cheering:

I think I am going to try Bernat Satin yarn for the afghan. That way I will be able to make it for less than $50, and according to some online reviews I have read, it is very soft and silky, especially for a 100% acrylic yarn. It will be 100% washable too which I like.

Must finish current projects first though........

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08-29-2005, 11:55 AM
What's Kyoto? It's a sweater from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTkyoto.html).

08-30-2005, 10:50 PM
I've started off on the afghan with Bernat Satin. It is 100% acrylic but so soft. And so far, reeeeeally nice to work with. Much smoother and slippery on the needles than other acrylics I've used.