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Old 02-15-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Need a recommendation for a good acrylic yarn!!!
Years ago, my aunt used to knit afghans with "Fisherman's Sayelle" yarn - which I can't find anywhere!! Soooooo, what are some soft, long-lasting acrylic yarns that I can use instead???

I've heard about Knitpicks new Brava yarn. Any others??
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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RH SS softens up when you wash it, Caron simply soft is good, as is Caron One Pounder, and Bernat's Waverly feels really soft.
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I don't care for RHSS, but these are nice soft yarns. I haven't made afghans with them so can't attest to their longevity, but I imagine they'd be fine.

Red Heart SOFT
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:15 PM   #4
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I can also recommend Caron's Simply Soft. I use it to knit 4 pairs of convertible mittens for 4 girls that come through my crossing as a reward for good behaviour.
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My favorite for acrylics is Bernat. It's a fine quality and doesn't split. I mostly use Bernat Baby Sport for baby items. Their Baby Jacquards is great. You knit in straight stockinette stitch and it makes patterns similar to Fair Isle. One of my WIPs is a top down baby sweater done in Joann's Sensations Rainbow Classic Pattern brushed bulky acrylic. It feels very soft and has a great self striping pattern. I'm using the bright baby pastel color mix.
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I would love to try Brava, but haven't yet. I have knit with RH Soft, and I love the way it knits up. It feels good and looks good, especially for a relatively inexpensive yarn. Michael's often has it on sale (like now - $2.50 a skein). At Michael's, the Loops & Threads acrylic isn't too bad, either. I used to use Caron SS a lot, but I'm not as sold as I used to be. I find the result a bit limp. But it is soft. I also agree about Vanna - I've knit a number of items with it, including blankets, and I like it.

I do a lot of charity knitting, and always wash items before I donate them because I have cats. I keep the cats away when I am knitting, but the cat hair travels... Anyway, even when I knit with regular Red Heart, it softens up considerably when it is washed.

If you want to use bulky yarn, the Deborah Norville chunky is really nice!! I get it at Joann Fabrics.

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I'm a fan of Caron Simply Soft for feel, and price.


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Old 02-16-2012, 11:29 PM   #8
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Berocco Comfort is by far my favorite, but it can be pricey - especially for an afghan. I used it to make my son's baby blanket as well as hat. It washes beautifully. For a more affordable option I really like the Caron SS. I use it for all baby blankets and bunny loveys that will be given away - it seems to wash well too. I am not a fan of RH - my mother is addicted to it and so I have 3 gorgeous crocheted blankets made from it and they do not wash up near as soft as Berocco or Caron - they remain sort of prickly even years later.
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I like Plymouth Encore. It's a blend, but acts like acrylic for washability. I personally don't like the feel of most acrylics in my hands as I knit, just a preference, so I turn to Encore.
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