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Old 12-03-2004, 12:22 PM   #1
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Which kind of yarn is gentle on sensitive skin?
Hi, just wondering what kind of yarn is suitable for people with sensitive skin? My bf complains that everything that I knit is too 'scratchy'. I've considered using cotton but it's just not as warm and cuddly! (Plus it's so hard to find cotton patterns for men!) Anyone got any ideas?
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:36 PM   #2
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Merino Wool is super soft, and because it's wool, it's nice and warm.
Of course, it's on the pricey side.
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Old 12-03-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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knittingurl, you could try something like alpaca wool which is just soooo soft, but as Amy said about the merino wool - expensive. I have never knitted with it but I have a pair of house socks which a friend gave me as a gift and they are just lovely - not at all scratchy like wool can be. I imagine it would be just gorgeous to knit with such a wool!
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:38 AM   #4
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I have a lot of trouble with most wools (and wool blends) being too scratchy to comfortably wear.

Since the wonderful-feeling wools are not in my budget, I usually go with an acrylic yarn. (I'm planning my next sweater out of Bernat Satin, which feels lovely).

I usually get odd looks from people in the shop, becuse the only way I can really tell is to rub the yarn along my inner wrist to test for "scratchy-ness".
(as a courtesy be sure not to be wearing any perfume when you do this)

Perhaps drag him to the shop and test it on him before you buy?
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Old 12-04-2004, 10:53 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the good advice! I think I should definitely drag him along to the store as Kiri suggested! ha...
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:07 PM   #6
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Lion Brand Homespun is super-soft, easy to work with and fairly inexpensive... I made several ponchos, hats and scarves with it so far, and am currently tackling a halter top.


Side tip: If you shop yarn on http://<a href="http://www.joann.com...ATID=82241</a>, they discount an additional 10% (5 skeins or more) on top of whatever sale is going on, plus if you search for coupon codes, you can get free (or reduced) shipping.
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For about the same price as acrylic, you can use 100% wool - Superwash wool. Cascade brand sounds pricey ($10 range, tho I've seen it for $6 at a local yarn shop), but when you compare the yards (220 per round ball) with acrylic, it is only a dollar or 2 dfference.

Benefits: all those of wool. Warmth, wicks moisture from the skin while still a vapor (better than those new fibers), warm even if wet, non flamable etc.

Extra benifits of super wash wool: scales are removed from the fiber so you can machine wash and dry it. No felting, no shrinking. Because the scales are removed, it is super soft no-itch.

I love it!
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Thanks for all the tips, unfortunately I live in the UK and don't have access to some of those brands you've mentioned. I'll try to find a UK substitution!
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