Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-15-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
knitcindy
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 656
Thanks: 46
Thanked 132 Times in 108 Posts
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??
Thanks!
knitcindy
knitcindy is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 02-15-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
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.
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,184
Thanks: 1,656
Thanked 8,750 Times in 7,120 Posts
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
Vanna's Choice
Caron Simply Soft
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2012, 04:15 PM   #4
Daylilydayzed
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida, lightning capital of the US
Posts: 609
Thanks: 108
Thanked 189 Times in 169 Posts
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.
__________________
Daylilies are the Lord's smiles, a new one every day.
Daylilydayzed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
fatoldladyinpjs
Working the Gusset
 
fatoldladyinpjs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Wisconsin near Green Bay
Posts: 1,564
Thanks: 157
Thanked 525 Times in 423 Posts
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.
fatoldladyinpjs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
chj
1st Leg of the Journey
 
chj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Carroll County MD
Posts: 215
Thanks: 216
Thanked 104 Times in 78 Posts
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.

Good luck!
__________________
CHJ

Addicted to knitting...
chj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #7
justplaincharlotte
Working the Gusset
 
justplaincharlotte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: MS Gulf Coast
Posts: 1,854
Thanks: 2,734
Thanked 962 Times in 830 Posts
I'm a fan of Caron Simply Soft for feel, and price.
__________________
Charlotte

justcharlotte

All Needful Things Blog
"Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises." Except carpal tunnel.
- Elizabeth Zimmermann
justplaincharlotte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 11:29 PM   #8
dreamsherl
Turning the Heel
 
dreamsherl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Detroit
Posts: 671
Thanks: 158
Thanked 170 Times in 164 Posts
Berroco Comfort.
__________________
Dreamsherl
Visit my blog. http://www.acityknitter.blogspot.com/
Updated 6/14/12


dreamsherl
dreamsherl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
vaknitter
Working the Gusset
 
vaknitter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: virginia
Posts: 1,632
Thanks: 420
Thanked 427 Times in 391 Posts
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.
vaknitter is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to vaknitter For This Useful Post:
knitcindy (02-23-2012)
Old 02-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #10
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,241 Times in 1,838 Posts
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.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Ingrid For This Useful Post:
knitcindy (02-23-2012)
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need recommendation for good wool yarn TooCircular General Knitting 11 03-22-2009 01:38 AM
Need a yarn recommendation unc_annie General Knitting 1 11-15-2007 11:26 PM
Need A Yarn Recommendation annomalley General Knitting 5 11-12-2007 11:21 PM
Yarn recommendation? tres81 General Knitting 1 06-18-2007 09:13 PM
Need recommendation for good basic knitting reference book El General Knitting 6 12-02-2006 04:15 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:39 AM.