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knitAbikini
11-08-2007, 07:14 PM
Well, perhaps you recognize me from my thread about knitting my friend the warmest, bestest winter hat. (if not, you can read it here:http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=68862 It's a good size thread of discussion about the best way to knit and with which materials without using wool becuase it is itchy. So, it's evolved into bamboo...ooo soft and silky yarn, but I have just read that it swells when it gets wet...so umm, what happens to my friend's head when it rains? Is bamboo warm? We're talking 100% bamboo. It sounds more like a summer yarn, not a winter heat keeper...tell me what you think or know!
Thanks!

...still haven't knit my bikini

Ironlung21
11-08-2007, 08:27 PM
I like the end results with bamboo = soft, shiny, looks good knitted up, is a great weight, quite dense and therefore warm, have had no adverse water issues

It takes some doing if you are entering into anything complicated - as the strands will easily come apart if it is accidentally snagged or whatever when you are knitting.

So to conclude end results are lovely - providing you are careful in the knitting....

mwedzi
11-09-2007, 12:02 PM
I would not consider bamboo a winter yarn. It does not insulate well. I did a quick google search, here's something:
http://www.bambrotex.com/second/aboutus.htm
I made this in bamboo:
http://knitensity.blogspot.com/2007/08/late-summer-special-curves.html
Bamboo also has little of its own elasticity. That comes from the knitting process or the way the yarn is spun (I think the one I used was a cable construction, which provides a little bit of elaticity). When it gets wet, it will sag more than wool. In a lot of ways it is similar to rayon, if you're more familiar with that fabric. Also a bit similar to silk. It is more prone to losing its shape than wool and consequently must be reblocked more frequently, which is one of the reasons I used it for a tank top instead of something with long sleeves. Long sleeves are heavy and tend to droop even with wool, but would especially for bamboo.

If you are going to use bamboo and want it to keep its shape, you should knit it at a very tight gauge. A fiber with no elasticity + a loose gauge = sag city.

Can you use animal hair other than wool?

knitAbikini
11-10-2007, 02:54 PM
Yes, I found that a wool blend really does okay for my friend. We went to a shop yesterday and got a blend of merino wool, cashmere, and silk which is going to work just lovely. After seeing the bamboo, it really does look better for summery knits.
The yarn said to get a size 8 needle, which I did, but geez, it's knitting up way too loose for a cozy winter hat...I'm thinking of going to a size 6 needle, what do you think? This is the pattern I'm following. His head is 22".
http://scrumptiousliving.wordpress.com/scrumptious-patterns/new-york/

mwedzi
11-11-2007, 07:18 PM
Yes, I found that a wool blend really does okay for my friend. We went to a shop yesterday and got a blend of merino wool, cashmere, and silk which is going to work just lovely. After seeing the bamboo, it really does look better for summery knits.
The yarn said to get a size 8 needle, which I did, but geez, it's knitting up way too loose for a cozy winter hat...I'm thinking of going to a size 6 needle, what do you think? This is the pattern I'm following. His head is 22".
http://scrumptiousliving.wordpress.com/scrumptious-patterns/new-york/

are you getting gauge? It doesn't matter what size needle you have to use, the important thing is that you get gauge.

Lisa R.
11-11-2007, 08:19 PM
The pattern says use a size 6.

suzeeq
11-11-2007, 08:28 PM
The needle size printed on the label isn't always the size you use to knit with, it's to let you know what thickness the is - sock, sport, DK, worsted, bulky. A pattern may have you use a size or two larger or smaller.

Curly_Toot
11-12-2007, 02:03 AM
I've only knitted with a blend of bamboo and cotton, for a pair of socks. Its definatly not a winter yarn, it breathes really well. I did find that when i washed them they got a bit... crispy. Yeah okay i didnt lay them flat or anything so the stitches blocked in the crumpled position they were in but hey.. who thinks about that stuff with socks! not me obviously!
I think your wool & cashmere blend would suit better. Debbie Bliss cashmerino is to die for... love that yarn!

knitAbikini
11-12-2007, 02:30 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the replies, helpful info! Hmm, guage...I'm not using the same yarn as the pattern calls for, so I figured I was on my own in regards to guage. I don't know if the yarn I have is the same weight. But I did knit some swatches using different size needles to see how I wanted it and I'm down to US3's becuase for a winter hat, the other sizes, even US6 was too loose. I am knitting 8 sts/inch.
I'll keep Debbie Bliss ChasMerino in mind, CurlyToot! :)