View Full Version : Good yarn substitute?

06-10-2008, 11:28 AM
I would like to make this gown for my daughter who will be born in september, but I'd like to make it out of something nicer than red heart or bernat. What yarn would you reccomend?

Jan in CA
06-10-2008, 11:57 AM
Cute dress!

Do you want to make it out of a soft acrylic or some other type of yarn? Hard to suggest w/o knowing.

The weight is about a sport or baby weight yarn so anything in that range would probably be good.

If you are on a budget both Bernat and Red Heart actually make a very soft baby yarn in acrylic. All are washable, too.
Bernat Softee Baby (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=softeebaby&SPP=999)
Bernat Satin Sport (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=satinsport&SPP=999)
Red Heart Soft Baby (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/KnittingCrochet/Yarns/Light/Red+Heart+Soft+Baby.htm)
Berroco Comfort DK (http://www.berroco.com/shade_cards/comfort_dk_sh.html)

06-10-2008, 12:48 PM
Sky's the limit on budget, no preference on fiber type. I just want something that will drape beautifully when knit. I recently made another little dress from bernat softee baby and it was lovely to work with but it wasn't very flow-y when knit. Stubborn and didn't lay well. I was thinking maybe a soft mercerized cotton for shine or something like microspun (though I'm not a big fan of how odd the stitches look when knitted from this stuff) for the nice drape.

Momto G B and H
06-10-2008, 12:54 PM
You could look at Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK (http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Sirdar_Yarn-Snuggly_Baby_Bamboo_DK_Yarn-3810.html). I just ordered some so I don't have it in hand, but bamboo is very shiny and drapey. It runs about $6/50 grams.

06-10-2008, 12:56 PM
You can use any yarn. One thing I have to do is FEEL the yarn. Depends if you want soft yarn,thin yarn, thicker yarn. Then buy accordingly.

Jan in CA
06-10-2008, 01:18 PM
I wonder if you didn't use too small a needle size if it didn't drape well. If you knit tight you may need to go up a size.

06-10-2008, 01:18 PM
Having just worked with some 100% bamboo sock weight yarn I would highly recommend a bamboo or bamboo blend. It is wonderfully soft and drapes beautifully.

06-10-2008, 01:29 PM
I have used Sirdar yarns and they are great for things like this. Also have you thought of Sublime organic cotton. I have my eye on some for my granddaughter. I have felt it and it is soft and lovely. The colors are amazing also. Ram Wool has it on sale right now today is last day for 30% off.

Debblie bliss also has lovely yarns.

06-10-2008, 02:04 PM
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.


06-10-2008, 04:05 PM
Is this going to be a heirloom piece to pass down (worn very little)? If it is I would go with a silk yarn.


If you are not after white or solid colors this si some of the prettiests yarn I have ever petted

06-10-2008, 08:16 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'm leaning towards the bamboo blend or a silk blend. I'm planning to go to my LYS this weekend and really look at some yarn in person. This gown will only be worn at her blessing and probably worn by any other girls I have, so not worn much, which is why I'd like something of a nicer quality. I doubt it will be heirloom quality, I'm not THAT good of a knitter, but it'll be special to me.