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MissGriff1625 10-09-2013 11:04 AM

Is 100% Cashmere Worth the Money?
Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice or words of wisdom? I am a fairly novice knitter who has completed a few projects using either acrylic and washable wool yarns for scarfs and potholders using a variety of stitches and cabling techniques. I found a gorgeous fishtail-cabled scarf pattern that calls for 100% cashmere, and I was hoping someone might be able to offer me some guidance.

Here are my questions: Is 100% cashmere worth the money and a smart investment for a novice? The pattern calls for 3, 50g, skeins. Is it a forgiving yarn for someone who might still be learning to stay completely consistent on gauge? If not, has anyone found a blend that they are happy with? One that doesn't pill too easily with a decent cashmere content?

Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!

salmonmac 10-10-2013 04:49 AM

Welcome to Knitting Help!
Cashmere is as wonderful to work with as it is to wear. I've not tried the cashmere blend from Knit Picks but it's very affordable and comes in a good renge of colors. It may be more forgiving than 100% cashmere if you have to rip out and re-knit, too.

trvvn5 10-10-2013 10:49 AM

I don't think that I would ever use a 100% cashmere fiber. It's too delicate and won't hold it's shape very well. I usually use a cashmere/merino wool blend so that it has some more stability but still gets the softness of the cashmere.

Jan in CA 10-10-2013 11:31 AM

It's a lovely fiber, but may be more of a problem for a beginner. The fuzziness makes it harder to frog if necessary and frogging is hard on the fiber. I also wouldn't recommend it for an everyday wear item. It may pill, has to be hand washed.

MissGriff1625 10-10-2013 11:54 PM

Thank you all for the helpful comments. I think I will try those blends for now!

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