View Full Version : ever used microfiber yarn? **update on page 2**
11-27-2007, 09:53 PM
a few days ago I saw microspun from lion brand yarn at JoAnn's, and it was SOOOOO soft! I imagine I'd love wearing anything made out of it. have any of you ever worked with this yarn? would it be as wonderful as I'm imagining?
oh yeah, and how is the palette fingering weight yarn that knitpicks sells for only $1.99/skein? would this be a good yarn to try my first pair of socks on?
11-27-2007, 10:00 PM
There are a lot of mixed feelings about microspun around here. I don't think anybody would disagree that it is supah soft because it is. But it is also VERY splitty and can be generally funky to work with. The plies are pretty defined so it is really easy to split the yarn. The softness makes it pretty slippery too. So a sharp needle that has some grip is probably the best way to work with it (from my experience anyway.) I am not a fan of it but i have been sucked in by its super softness. Someone has knit washclothes out of it and says they are WONDERFUL.
haven't used the other though. ;)
11-27-2007, 10:09 PM
ooh those would be some SOFT washcloths! maybe I should try it out with those just to see how I like it? afterall it's sooo soft! it deservs a shot huh?
11-27-2007, 10:20 PM
I've crocheted booties with it. It's beautiful to work with on a hook, but I've no experience with knitting it.
11-27-2007, 10:25 PM
The little halter dress on the sweetie in my avatar is lion brand microspun. It's great nice n soft but like the previous poster said it does split...alot! That's ok though, just gotta mind yer p's n k's and it'll be ok.
11-27-2007, 10:41 PM
The pluses: fabulously soft, the very best thing if you ever have the occasion to knit a chemo cap (I hope you don't, of course!). Also the stitches come out incredibly even, like a machine made it.
But the minus-- yes, it does split. But if you watch what you're doing and are a knitter who tends to be a little on the looser side, then it is fine. I like your idea of trying something small and seeing what happens!
11-27-2007, 10:54 PM
I've got a top made from the coral color and it is gorgeous! It does split and slide, so I used bamboo needles and that helped alot! Mary
11-27-2007, 10:56 PM
I made the Lacy Thong :teehee: of black Microspun. It turned out great but it's splitty, so yes, mind your p's and k's :thumbsup:
I didn't do the picot edging because a) I was in a hurry to get it done in a day and 2) I didn't want mess with the possibility of hating the splittiness with a hook.
Generally speaking, with care it's ok :thumbsup:
p.s. knit clothes with it was a great idea to use on windows, microfibre clothes are super and popular.
Jan in CA
11-27-2007, 11:03 PM
I made some washcloths with it. It's not quite as absorbant as cotton, but if you squeeze it out good it works pretty well. PLUS it holds it's color and doesn't stain like that #@%& Sugar and Cream does! :teehee:
11-27-2007, 11:03 PM
I am just finishing up a knitted tie. I will post a picture when I finished sewing it up. The yarn was a dream to work with and I didn't have a problm with it splitting at all. This tie has over 600 rows and I do not exaggerate. It has taken a long time but it was a labor of love for my middle son. I just have to iron and stitch it up the back.:muah::cheering:
11-28-2007, 08:17 AM
I made some short socks with it. Very nice, except it's so slick they slip around my feet when not wearing shoes! They were good inside my crocs and felted clogs, though.
I'm making some mittens with it right now for a little girl. They look and feel great and it's generally not that cold here in the desert that wool is needed for warmth.
I made some leggings with it, too for my grand daughter. Don't know if they'll stay up without elastic, though, again because of the slippy factor.
I don't like the dish cloth...no absorbancy, but is better for scrubbing. I'd think a dish cloth with half cotton and half MicroSpun (maybe alternating rows) would be perfect.
11-28-2007, 09:54 AM
I have one skein of the royal blue microspun and now I have some ideas of what I should do with it. I like the idea of useing it along with cotton for a dishcloth.
11-29-2007, 03:16 PM
ok, so here's my update. I did make a washcloth out of the microspun I picked up. it's very soft. I like working with the yarn. I didn't like the pattern that I chose coupled with the yarn, but it took me quite a while to decipher the chart, so once I got it done and realized that it wasn't a good yarn for the pattern I didn't care because it's just a washcloth, so I kept it. let me see if I can figure out how to post a pic.
I really do love this yarn! and now I know to do more drapey things with it.
11-29-2007, 04:36 PM
I've used Microspun for a few small items and really love how soft it is. Yes, it's extremely splitty to work with, but as others have said once you get the hang of it, it's not bad at all.
The Lion Brand web site has a pattern for an eyeshade, and I modified it for my own use and sewed a strip of elastic to keep it in place. I really love it! It's very soft, and I use it every night to help me sleep. I'd actually like to make a few more; they're a very quick project. I used bamboo straights, and the yarn didn't give me any trouble at all.
ETA: I have noticed that after some use the yarn in my eyeshade tended to relax and stretch just a little bit -- something you might want to keep in mind if size is crucial.
11-30-2007, 03:49 AM
I saw this tonight when I was looking for yarn to make this (http://www.berroco.com/186/186_anna.html). I want to try to adapt it for my dd and I'm not sure what yarn to use now that the original is discontinued. I really liked how nice the Microspun was. How do you think it would work with that pattern?
11-30-2007, 09:00 AM
I finished up the mittens I was making out of MicroSpun. :happydance: They are so very nice and soft! :teehee: Pics and info on my blogs and at Ravelry.
11-30-2007, 11:41 AM
ignora, microspun may work very well in the pattern. It's thin so you'd have to use size 4-6 needles with it anyway, since you want to downsize the pattern.
12-01-2007, 10:55 AM
I love knitting with Lion microspun! I have knitted two baby sweaters, and two children's sweaters with it. When I sewed the buttons on the baby sweaters, I split the yarn into two-ply, and it worked perfectly -- a plus for the splitting problem!
12-02-2007, 01:49 AM
Thanks for the info... very helpful to know...
12-02-2007, 04:15 PM
I've only crocheted with it...a kerchief for GD. I liked working with it. Hope to try knitting with it sometime.