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Old 05-01-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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I would like to make a afghan for my 6 years old boy but I don't know what is a good and durable yarn to use. I'll need something washable but not thick like chunky. I don't mind spending the money. Any recommendation. Thank you
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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I would use Caron Simply Soft
1) washable
2) soft
3) readily available
4) many colors
5) cheap/affordable
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:40 AM   #3
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Caron One Pound is fairly soft, especially after washing, and very inexpensive.
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What fiber content do you prefer? Wool? Wool blend? Acrylic?
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:14 PM   #5
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Wool blend or acrylic would be fine. I just want a good quality yarn. I'm doing an entreleac pattern so I don't want all my hours and effort wasted.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:18 PM   #6
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I'd suggest Plymouth Encore. It will wash well, comes in lots of colors, and doesn't pill.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:47 PM   #7
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I'd suggest Plymouth Encore. It will wash well, comes in lots of colors, and doesn't pill.
That's what I was going to suggest if she didn't mind a wool blend. It comes in an amazing selection of colors, too! These links go to the Plymouth site and the encore selections. These are all worsted weight even though only one says it.

Encore Tweed
Encore Worsted
Encore Colorspun

This one is just like Encore as far as content. I've tried it and it's very nice. Don't have any long term experience, but since it's the same company and fiber content I'd assume it's about the same.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #8
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Here in FL I use cotton yarn to knit afghans. We need thfabrics to breathe when it is so warm during the nights and days.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:11 AM   #9
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I agree with the Caron One Pound. It's a soft acrylic and should wash well. If you want it especially soft, you can wash it in Dreft baby laundry detergent. It's designed to soften up clothes that will be worn next to a baby's skin. Works great on bath towels, too.
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I would agree with any of the above. I did have one problem with Caron Simply Soft. I knitted a spiral hat in black for my son and he loved it. He wash in and dried it in the dryer which you can do and IT GREW. It fit perfecting when he got it but after washing it was too big and he can no longer wear it.
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