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Lucy0723 09-01-2012 06:26 PM

Wool suggestions!
Hello lovely people. I have just joined this site to ask for some help if I may be so cheeky! I dont want to ask in our shop as invariably they will sell me something which isnt right and my pile of unfinished projects will stack up even further, so I am hoping you kind people might have some advice! I have bought a fabulous book of blanket patterns, it wasnt until I got home that I realised it was using rowan wool. Had I known, I probably wouldnt have bought it as I dont really want to remortgage the house just to knit a lovely big blanket! The pattern I love calls for rowan all seasons, but the woman in the shop suggested rowan handwool would equally work (It might have been because they didnt stock all seasons, but had stacks of the other - forgive my lack of trust, please!!). I would love to know if anyone could recommend a good value for money wool which would work with the pattern at the same tension (around 20 stitches, to 28 rows on 4mm needles I think). Kind regards, Lucy

Ingrid 09-01-2012 07:42 PM

If you're looking to buy on-line, and are in the US, I'd suggest looking at the Valley Yarn line at . I particularly love the softness of the Berkshire, though they are all a nice wool for good value. Webs often has sales on various yarns. is also a good site for great sales on great wools.

A lot depends on how much you're willing to spend. I agree that the Rowan yarns, especially from a store, would make a very expensive blanket.

I'm sure you'll get lots of favorites--Cascade 220; Plymouth Encore for a machine-washable blend, etc.

Jan in CA 09-01-2012 08:15 PM

I can't imagine making a blanket with anything that isn't washable myself. Do you have a preference? What fiber would you like suggestions for? I just noticed the Rowan All Seasons yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend...? Funny the store suggested the wool to you.

Lucy0723 09-02-2012 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by Jan in CA (Post 1355437)
I can't imagine making a blanket with anything that isn't washable myself. Do you have a preference? What fiber would you like suggestions for? I just noticed the Rowan All Seasons yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend...? Funny the store suggested the wool to you.

Personally, I would like a nice soft cotton or something. I agree it would definately need to be washable as my dog will try and share it in winter! I am in UK, but more than happy to order on line from US and wait (I do the same with my quilting material too), but I just dont know where to start. I need to work out how to convert the tension in the book from cms, to inches as per most of the US sites. The blanket itself is formed from 7 inch squares, so perhaps the tension wont make too much of a difference, but every time I have "done my own thing" from a pattern, it hasnt really worked! Grateful for all suggestions to be honest as I really love the blanket, but to knit in Rowan would be so expensive. I'd never use it if I finished it!!

salmonmac 09-02-2012 05:19 AM

There are a couple of cotton/acrylic blends that might work: Berroco Weekend or Berroco Captiva or Reynolds Santana.
You can also convert cm to inches in Google. Just type in xcm equals inches and there you go. (I always carry around 10cm=4inches and convert from there.) Good luck with your search and enjoy knitting the blanket. It'd be great to see a picture when it's finished.

Lucy0723 09-02-2012 04:49 PM

Thanks for all the help. Looking around, it is still going to cost me somewhere in the region of $200 to knit the whole blanket!! EEEk! I think its time to start looking for a new project :-(

salmonmac 09-02-2012 05:12 PM

You could also look at some acrylics or try Knit Picks and see if there is a wool or blend that will work.

Lucy0723 09-02-2012 05:55 PM

I found an acrylic/wool mix called aran something which was nearly the same tension spec and really good value for money available here in UK, but then I wasnt sure if it would just knit up really itchy and make for a horrible blanket. Hard to tell from the internet! I really wish I hadnt bought the pattern, after all my research today, I have found out that the original rowan wool it suggested- all seasons - isnt even available in the colours they suggest any more and I really struggle to see beyond the colours I see in a pattern and make my own contrasts if that makes sense?!! I have the same problem with my quilting, I usually rely on my mum to put colours and patterns together for me - doesnt bode well for me does it?! But then, I cant stand sitting still not doing something, even when watching tv!!

salmonmac 09-02-2012 06:00 PM

You could ask here about the particular yarn because someone may have experience with it and know its scratchy factor. The other place is to look up the yarn is on Ravelry (free to join) and see what the users' comments are.
Sometimes it's wise to go with the colors you see in the pattern picture. That may be the reason you fell in love with the pattern to begin with. Lucky you to have a mum handy to help out.

Lucy0723 09-02-2012 06:05 PM

Oooh, more good advice, thanks! will go back to website and get details to ask folks about it. Mum happened to be with me when I saw the pattern in the book, she wanted the book after me, but not now we cant find the wools! I am lucky she loves to help, she knits too, but I have to nag her to finish otherwise she talks herself out of it, she says she's not good at sewing together (I think she is!). Love this site and thanks for the top tips, I really did like the pattern and could see myself snuggled up in it, so will keep looking for the right wool and keep you posted! Perhaps I should have started with a cushion though, might have been cheaper :)

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