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dcinfo124
05-01-2011, 09:56 AM
I would like to make a afghan for my 6 years old boy but I don't know what is a good and durable yarn to use. I'll need something washable but not thick like chunky. I don't mind spending the money. Any recommendation. Thank you

RochesterKnitter
05-01-2011, 10:31 AM
I would use Caron Simply Soft
1) washable
2) soft
3) readily available
4) many colors
5) cheap/affordable

suzeeq
05-01-2011, 10:40 AM
Caron One Pound is fairly soft, especially after washing, and very inexpensive.

Jan in CA
05-01-2011, 12:13 PM
What fiber content do you prefer? Wool? Wool blend? Acrylic?

dcinfo124
05-01-2011, 07:14 PM
Wool blend or acrylic would be fine. I just want a good quality yarn. I'm doing an entreleac pattern so I don't want all my hours and effort wasted.

Ingrid
05-01-2011, 08:18 PM
I'd suggest Plymouth Encore. It will wash well, comes in lots of colors, and doesn't pill.

Jan in CA
05-01-2011, 08:47 PM
I'd suggest Plymouth Encore. It will wash well, comes in lots of colors, and doesn't pill.

That's what I was going to suggest if she didn't mind a wool blend. It comes in an amazing selection of colors, too! These links go to the Plymouth site and the encore selections. These are all worsted weight even though only one says it.

Encore Tweed (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=001045&searchcollection=000005)
Encore Worsted (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000055&searchcollection=000005)
Encore Colorspun (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000033&searchcollection=000005)

This one is just like Encore as far as content. I've tried it and it's very nice. Don't have any long term experience, but since it's the same company and fiber content I'd assume it's about the same.
Coffee Beenz (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=001096&searchcollection=000005)

Daylilydayzed
05-01-2011, 09:14 PM
Here in FL I use cotton yarn to knit afghans. We need thfabrics to breathe when it is so warm during the nights and days.

fatoldladyinpjs
05-02-2011, 10:11 AM
I agree with the Caron One Pound. It's a soft acrylic and should wash well. If you want it especially soft, you can wash it in Dreft baby laundry detergent. It's designed to soften up clothes that will be worn next to a baby's skin. Works great on bath towels, too.

mathwizard
05-03-2011, 07:39 AM
I would agree with any of the above. I did have one problem with Caron Simply Soft. I knitted a spiral hat in black for my son and he loved it. He wash in and dried it in the dryer which you can do and IT GREW. It fit perfecting when he got it but after washing it was too big and he can no longer wear it.

dcinfo124
05-03-2011, 10:12 AM
Thank you for all your suggestions