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jberry16
08-25-2007, 06:41 PM
Just curious what yarn y'all would reccomend for a sweater. I want to knit myself a sweater and would prefer not to spend bunches, maybe something from knitpicks. Any suggestions? (not 100% wool, I need to be able to wash it in the machine-kids)

suzeeq
08-25-2007, 06:43 PM
Either Swish from Knitpicks or Lion brand Woolease.

Braden
08-25-2007, 08:37 PM
Well, no 100% wool about rules out any suggestions I'd had, but-

Debbie Bliss Merino aran is machine washable.

booskibabe
08-26-2007, 12:21 AM
Does it need to be a wool blend? I'm currently in love with Lion Brand Cotton Ease. It's wonderful to work with - even after being frogged many times - and washes great. I haven't experienced any shrinking or fading and I wear the one shirt I knit all the time, so it also gets washed pretty frequently. It's a good price too - $4.99 for 207 yds and it's often on sale for $2 or $3. Oh, and it's a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend.

jberry16
08-26-2007, 06:48 PM
doesn't have to bee wool, but for a sweater I was wanting something warm. winters in NM can get really cold. Not Great Lakes states cold, but cold enough.

booskibabe
08-26-2007, 09:53 PM
I'm planning on making a regular sweater out of it, and I live in PA.:shrug: A cotton sweater would still be warm, just not as warm as wool.

One other suggestion: Paton's Decor. It's a wool blend, 75% acrylic/ 25% wool. I think it's cheaper per yard than wool ease. I like it - very soft with a nice sheen. Tons of colors, too. :happydance:

suzeeq
08-26-2007, 10:17 PM
I don't have anyplace near me I can buy paton's to compare with the local price of woolease, but going by what the online stores charge they're about the same price.

booskibabe
08-27-2007, 07:33 AM
:oops: I just checked Joann.com and woolease is half the price and about 13 yds less than Paton's. Definately the better deal.

Ingrid
08-27-2007, 09:38 AM
Plymouth Encore. :thumbsup:

jberry16
08-27-2007, 09:58 AM
I was thinking of doing knitpicks 100% superwash merino wool it's almost $.37 a yard, and the patons decor is $.38 a yard and the wool ease is $.66 a yard! Holy cow that's a big difference! Lion Brand cotton-ease is about $.52 a yard.
hummm, I didn't know joanns sold sock yarn...patons kroy I think it was called. hummmmmmm
o yeah sweater yarn, anyone done one out of acrylic?

rosefields
08-27-2007, 10:11 AM
Plymouth Encore. :thumbsup:



I second that!

GiddyKnitter
08-27-2007, 11:05 AM
Oh yes yes yes Debbie Bliss 100%

suzeeq
08-27-2007, 11:19 AM
I was thinking of doing knitpicks 100% superwash merino wool it's almost $.37 a yard, and the patons decor is $.38 a yard and the wool ease is $.66 a yard!

I was shocked at the difference too. At joann.com, the Decor is $5.49 but the woolease is only $2.99 and they're both around 200 yards each. Did you do the math right? I get woolease at $.015 per yard and the Decor at $.026/yard with those prices. Oh and I calculated the KPs yarn - it's just under $.03 per yard.

booskibabe
08-27-2007, 11:42 AM
I did! It was my first project and I used bulky fuzzy acrylic. :fingerwag: Bad idea. I think acrylic is fine, just do it in worsted wt. or lighter. I'm actually planning on doing Knitty's Eiffel and I'm using acrylic for that.

suzeeq
08-27-2007, 12:04 PM
Oh, forgot to mention that I do most of my sweaters in acrylic.

jberry16
08-27-2007, 04:40 PM
I was shocked at the difference too. At joann.com, the Decor is $5.49 but the woolease is only $2.99 and they're both around 200 yards each. Did you do the math right? I get woolease at $.015 per yard and the Decor at $.026/yard with those prices. Oh and I calculated the KPs yarn - it's just under $.03 per yard.

Thanks, no I didn't do the math right, I thought about that later, oops. Thanks for correcting me. :oops:

LadyB
08-28-2007, 10:30 PM
o yeah sweater yarn, anyone done one out of acrylic?
I have used Caron "Simply Soft" and Mary Maxim "Starlette". Both are acrylic, very soft, machine washable, and very warm. If you use acrylic, just make sure it's soft enough that you are willing to have it against your skin for 16 hours.

Rhea
08-29-2007, 08:31 AM
I have a secret love affair with Caron Simply Soft. I love the sheen it has, and it has great stitch definintion. I would totally use it for a sweater. It's super soft, I think it owuld be warm too. Not to mention washable. =]

zkimom
08-29-2007, 08:39 AM
o yeah sweater yarn, anyone done one out of acrylic?

I try and use as much natural fibers as possible. I've been sold on the wonders of wool since my kids were little and their Waldorf teachers showed me how warm and waterproof wool mittens and socks can be.

I made myself a wool sweater for those chilly New England Fall days and found that I could layer with a wool sweater way into the winter.

I probably would prefer a blend or a lighter weight wool for something I was going to wear inside.

I like Plymouth Encore cause it's mostly wool and not too expensive and there is a great selection of colors. I'd suggest it for a first sweater project.

Best,
Susan

Yarnlady
08-29-2007, 08:51 AM
anyone done one out of acrylic?I've done several for the grands out of acrylic. Inexpensive, bright colors, machine wash and dry.... Can't beat that.

If I was doing wool-superwash or blends-, Cascade 220, Encore, WoolEase would be choices.... or whatever my LYS had on sale which is what I knit this sweater out of. :teehee:
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jberry16
08-29-2007, 12:28 PM
thanks for all the ideas, I still have to find the 'perfect' pattern and then find a way to pay for the wool; the visa card said she'd be willing to buy it but I think that would make the hubby mad (since we just paid it off) humm...

Maddison
08-29-2007, 01:53 PM
I like Knit Picks because it's cheap. But, their wool seems scratchy to me. It's perfect for my dog sweaters but I wouldn't use it for me. I do love their Andean Silk or Shine Worsted. Those are silky. I love the Plymouth too. It's more reasonable in price.

threesmom
08-29-2007, 02:03 PM
I'm using KP Swish for a blanket right now, and I think it's soft enough for a sweater. KP Andean Silk is nice too, but I dont' think it's washable. I also did a sweater for my dd out of Bernat Denimstyle, and that is nice, soft, and washes well. It seems like it might be more fall-ish than full winter though.