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Old 09-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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How to choose the right type of yarn?
I'm planning on knitting a jumper and maybe some mitts for a backpacking trip to Europe, and I'd like to choose something lightweight but warm and hopefully durable so that it can take a bit of a beating. Does anyone have any advice on yarn material or type of stitch? Thanks!
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Hi and welcome to KH! I would think a combination of wool and cotton could possibly work for you. The cotton is durable and the wool is warm and lightens the cotton.

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I agree with Claire. I like wool or wool blends for sweaters. They're warm, breatheable, and durable. You can look for open-work patterns if you don't want something too warm or work on larger needles to lighten the finished fabric. Have fun on the backpacking trip!
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Thank you so much!
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My only experience with a wool/cotton blend was a disaster. I used Noro Chirimen for a cardigan, Bettna, and it stretches out of shape when worn. Ugh. Since this is my second disaster, I've steered away from any animal fiber/cotton blends.

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60% Cotton
24% Silk
16% Wool

Maybe if the blend had been 60% wool and 16% would've been a different story. I dunno. But I don't want to take the risk. I like blends just fine...but I leave cotton out of the mix when wool is present.

Here is another disastrous blend of cotton and wool: Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora
The cardigan, Phoebe, stretched like crazy. I use it for a bathrobe when we're camping, and no one is around but me and DH.

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Thanks, ArtLady1981. What sort of yarn would you suggest?
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I love wool cotton blends. The wool adds elasticity while the cotton makes it a little more breathe-able. I would recommend Cascade Sierra. It's an affordable yarn that comes in a million colors and has a ton of patterns that would work for it. This particular yarn has a larger cotton content than wool content.

If you want something with a higher wool content, and thus more insulating, I would go with Rowan Wool Cotton, which is a 50-50 wool cotton blend. However that is a pricey yarn so it would be an expensive sweater.

Hope you find something you like -a wool bamboo blend might be nice. Can't wait to find out what you choose
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