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MaleKnitter
02-10-2008, 03:14 AM
I have looked ALL OVER and I cannot seem to find a nice cotton yarn for a cabled sweater I intend to start this month. It seems like every big "quality" company only sells tiny balls of yarn. (50 grams!?!?! I don't like attaching yarn on every other row), but I want to use cotton because you can WASH IT. Acrylic can sometimes be a little difficult to wash. And you have to hand wash wool (or it will felt) and wool is too scratchy to wear very often.
The cotton yarn I am looking for shouldn't be that hard to find, it just needs to have a few characteristics:
1) Sport Weight
2) soft enough to wear ("peaches 'n' cream" is not soft enough)
3) needs good stitch definition (probably with a slight sheen)
4) 100 GRAMS OR MORE PER BALL
5) I want either sky blue or cranberry/maroon

does it sound THAT complicated? the only yarn I have found that even came close was Classic Elite's Provence yarn which comes in 100 gram Hanks but it was over $14 per hank... for that price, it should come in a center-pull ball AND have come cashmere in it.

I really want to get started on this sweater.
Thank you for your help

cristeen
02-10-2008, 03:18 AM
Lion Brand Organic Cotton is unbelievably soft. But not cheap.

How about superwash wool? It's washable. Or bamboo, soy, corn. Knitpicks has some nice cottons and a cotton/linen blend that is supposed to be very nice, and their prices are really nice, too.

MaleKnitter
02-10-2008, 03:22 AM
thank you for your suggestions, but Lion Brand Organic Cotton is Worsted weight, Knit picks only sell 50 gram balls and even though superwash wool is machine washable... it is still wool.
if anyone knows of any bamboo, soy, corn, etc. yarns that are as easy to take care of as cotton and are sport weight and come in 100grams or larger please let me know.

cristeen
02-10-2008, 03:29 AM
You might want to look for a place that sells yarn by the pound off the spool. My LYS does this, I don't know where else you might find it, but I'm sure there's got to be someplace.

And yes, the superwash is still wool, but it is so silky soft, it doesn't feel anything like wool. I want to make a light pullover for myself to wear against my skin, it's so soft.

yuyay
02-10-2008, 08:21 AM
How about this (http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/4522/)? I can't vouch for the feel, but it's in 100g skeins and they have several blues...

There are some other sport weight cottons there, but some of them are hand wash (not all cotton is machine washable just like not all wool is handwash). You can also have a look on Webs for other fibers you might like as well like bamboo or soy on this (http://yarn.com/webs/0/1/0/1-0-1294/)page.

GinnyG
02-10-2008, 08:32 AM
[quote=yuyay;1060364]How about this (http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/4522/)? I can't vouch for the feel, but it's in 100g skeins and they have several blues...
/quote]

That is a baby weight yarn.

I have been discouraged by several people from using cotton for a cable sweater, they say it doesn't "fluff" out to fill the holes enough. Rowan has some very nice cottons but I think they only come in 50 gr balls.

knitncook
02-10-2008, 08:42 AM
What about Knitpicks' Shine Sport. It's 60% cotton 40% modal? Or the CotLin which is 70% cotton and 30% Linen. It's a DK weight, but could probably be used for what you want with the right size needles. Debbie Bliss' Cotton DK is another option. I love her Cotton Cashmere, but it is hard to find now since it is discontinued :( Unfortunately, most of the other cotton yarns I know of are Worsted weight.

lia_matos
02-10-2008, 08:42 AM
Is this (http://www.littleknits.com/products.php?cat=463) one good?

knitgal
02-10-2008, 09:16 AM
I am just going to put in another plug for superwash. Cotton for a whole sweater might be a little heavy, it won't keep it's shape, the colours often fade and the cables may not stretch properly.
There are a lot of really really soft wools, like merino that come in superwash.

suzeeq
02-10-2008, 09:49 AM
Lion's cottonease is a cotton/acrylic blend, worsted, and has about 200 yds per skein. It holds up very well.

dreamsherl
02-10-2008, 10:00 AM
There is also Butterfly Super 10.

Super 10 Cotton
Yarn Information

http://www.kertzer.com/Portals/0/images/Butterfly.jpgContent:100% Mercerized Cotton
Gauge:
(per 4" / 10cm)22 stsNeedle Size: 4mm, US 6 Put-Up: 125g skein Yardage:230m / 249yds Care:Machine Washable
Dry Flat /Low Tumble Dry Low

marlajap
02-10-2008, 10:31 AM
Cascade Yarns just came out with a DK weight in their Cotton Rich - so not your sport weight, but it is 22 stitches/4" on US 6 needles. It is amazingly soft, has some nylon to stabilize it and give the dye some interesting variegation, and although it is a 50 g ball, it's 135 yards at just $4.50 at my LYS in Nashville. I am *very* cheap, but I jumped on great quality cotton for $4.50. Really nice selection of colors, too, it was a tough decision to take the peachy Cheddar color.
Sadly, because it is brand new to the market, there isn't any pattern support for this specific yarn yet, but it sounds like MaleKnitter knows what he wants to make already. :)

Regards,

boo1
02-10-2008, 10:35 AM
There is also Butterfly Super 10.

Super 10 Cotton
Yarn Information

http://www.kertzer.com/Portals/0/images/Butterfly.jpgContent:100% Mercerized Cotton
Gauge:
(per 4" / 10cm)22 stsNeedle Size: 4mm, US 6 Put-Up: 125g skein Yardage:230m / 249yds Care:Machine Washable
Dry Flat /Low Tumble Dry Low


Where do you order this from?

Debkcs
02-10-2008, 10:45 AM
Where do you order this from?


I'd like to know also, those are beautiful colors!

mwhite
02-10-2008, 10:52 AM
I'm a big fan of Coats and Clarks, TLC Cotton Plus. It's a medium weight, has 178 yards per skein, which is usually less than $3, and easy care with 51% cotton, 49% acrylic and very soft. The blend makes it less likely to pill and lighter than full cotton. The colors are very nice, too. Mary

Plantgoddess+
02-10-2008, 05:11 PM
Someone posted about this yarn on another thread. It looks like nice yarn and comes in 1lb spools as well as smaller amounts.
http://www.halcyonyarn.com/Yarn_pages/yarn082.html

G J
02-10-2008, 05:36 PM
Brown sheep cotton fleece is AMAZING for sweaters. It has a bit of wool in it, so if you're alergic, it won't work, but it adds SPROING to the yarn. Cotton can stretch out if there's nothing to help it NOT stretch. I made this sweater with it for my mom and it's cool, comfortable and cute (imho!). It also comes in TONS Of colors, depending on where you get it.

No matter what you get, I'd probably still recommend gentle washing. After putting that much work into it, a little TLC for the finished garment is worth the little extra time.

dreamsherl
02-10-2008, 06:43 PM
Where do you order this from?
I've never ordered yarn online. I'm fortunate enough to have several LYS in my area.

GinnyG
02-11-2008, 12:37 PM
www/littleknits.com has lambs pride cotton on sale for $4.25 a skein (215 yds). It has 20% merino in it so it should do nicely for cables.

G J
02-11-2008, 05:23 PM
That's a GREAT price! I paid over $7!

OOPS! We paid $7 for Brown sheep cotton fleece. Same content, but bigger hanks.

GinnyG
02-11-2008, 07:12 PM
That's a GREAT price! I paid over $7!

OOPS! We paid $7 for Brown sheep cotton fleece. Same content, but bigger hanks.
My mistype, it is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, many colors are 50% off some 30%.

I ordered enough to do a cable cardigan.

G J
02-11-2008, 11:09 PM
WhooHooo! I'm SO glad you posted the correction! I LOVE this yarn and just ordered the last (I think) of the Lapis blue. I'm going to make a sweater for myself like I made for my Mom (see pic above). We live 3,000 miles apart, so no one will ever see us wearing them at the same time!

MaleKnitter
02-11-2008, 11:40 PM
thank you so much for all of your suggestions. It looks like there are some more options.
But now I am starting to reconsider the superwash wool idea :teehee: (I know, you all hate me--- can't make up my mind)
to be more specific I am making a cabled cardigan/jacket thingy. So, it will be longer than a normal sweater and I didn't really think about the weight of the cotton pulling the sweater.
I'm not making something that you can just throw in the washing machine on high every day, but it's a jacket (so it will be worn a lot) and I don't want my stepmother to send her jacket to the dry cleaners every few days.
So, what superwash or superwash/cotton blends would any of you suggest?
remember: soft, larger than 50g, shows cables well, easy to care for

Thank you for the suggestions

G J
02-11-2008, 11:46 PM
I still recommend the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (http://littleknits.com/products.php?cat=587).
Fiber Content: 80% Cotton and 20% Merino Wool (very soft)
Yardage: 215 yards per 100 gram skein
Gauge: 5 stitches to an inch on US size 6 needles

GinnyG
02-12-2008, 06:54 AM
Can you post a link to the pattern, that might help with suggetions.

Sanibelle
02-12-2008, 11:18 AM
Another vote for the Brown Sheep cotton fleece..

http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=595

It is 80% cotton and 20% merino wool - it knits like a dream.

The yarn has wonderful drape and comes in tons of colors....

mwhite
02-12-2008, 11:38 AM
I've used the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, too. It IS very nice, the wool really helps the cotton. So, another vote here for this!

tgwillis
02-12-2008, 11:53 AM
I have been using some of this
http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=cottontots
and really like it. It is worsted though.

This is one of my favorite yarns
http://www.knitpicks.com/Shine%20Sport_YD5420122.html

This one is DK
http://www.knitpicks.com/Crayon_YD5420121.html
It is only 50g but at $2 it is still a great deal.

It is a sport weight but you might be able to match the gauge by playing around with a different size needle. I don't think their is alot of difference in size between DK and Sport weight

Maybe this information can help you make a choice.

http://www.knitpicks.com/content/index.php/cat/articles/yarn-weights/

http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html

suzeeq
02-12-2008, 11:56 AM
I don't find much difference between KPs DK and worsted, but I suppose it could go the other way too.

GinnyG
02-12-2008, 11:58 AM
So. I shouldn't admit this but I ordered 40 skeins of the BS Cotton from little knits:oops:

MaleKnitter
02-13-2008, 02:06 AM
http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Cable_jacket

there's a link to the pattern, but just in case you dont want to go to the site, then here is a picture too.

Doodknitwit
02-13-2008, 02:26 AM
great Egyptian cotton makes a nice sweater

GinnyG
02-13-2008, 05:45 AM
:passedout: stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That sweater is just gorgeous, and does look like it needs to be in a nice drapey yarn. I am wondering if the pattern would be easier to read in "chart" form?

hocns
02-13-2008, 08:23 AM
I knit with a lot of wool and find that much of it is machine washable, with care, and most wool also softens up a lot after the first wash.

Rubyjane
02-13-2008, 09:46 AM
I found HUGE skeins of Bernat cotton at Jo-Ann's; its reasonable and the item I made washed up really soft, didn't shrink, and no pilling. (I made a small rug for the bathroom). Its better quality than Peaches n Cream, but not as good as some of the high-quality cottons found at higher prices. Its a trade-off! The yarn shop here sells good cotton in smaller balls at a "decent" price - maybe $5-6, but if you are making yourself a nice sweater, it may be worth the investment.

marlajap
02-13-2008, 11:57 AM
Looking at the pattern involved, it does call for a DK weight (DBliss Cashmerino DK), which has a yarn guage of 22 st/4" on US Sz 6 needles. That's the same gauge as the Cascade Cotton Rich DK I mentioned above, and the nylon in that yarn keeps it really soft, probably drapey, yet not so stretchy as regular cotton. If cotton is not the right choice, then I would consider KP Elegance, which is a 70/30 Alpaca and Silk blend at the right gauge. Alpaca-silk should drape really well, cable well, and be warm without being heavy. I think. :)

Regards,

Plantgoddess+
02-13-2008, 02:11 PM
http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Cable_jacket

there's a link to the pattern, but just in case you dont want to go to the site, then here is a picture too.
Wow that's gorgeous! I definitely would be looking for good quality yarn if I was going to make something that intricate. That's something that could even be a keepsake for future generations.