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Old 01-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #11
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I'll give you hint about working with boucle - use much bigger needles than you think. The loops fill in the sts and being larger they're easier to get the needle into than with small needles. Maybe you can make a nice cozy wrap or shrug with it.
The original wool at the garage sale actually came with large needles, I will keep that in mind when I find a pattern I like. I did make the first boucle into a fat scarf which looks rather plain so its become a lamp dimmer/ decorative coffee table cover. I still have 3or 4 large balls of this blue boucle, much smaller loops which I would like to make into a small lap rug. I cant recall who it was but someone here suggested blanket stitch, a pattern which would stand out with boucle. Im thinking it will be a nice Autum project when I find a pattern, its mid summer where I am.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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I'm not familiar with blanket stitch, but mostly a textured pattern is going to get lost in a textured yarn. Plain stockinette, garter or a basketweave (k 5, p5 for 6 rows, then p5 k5) works pretty well. Even a yo k2tog eyelet pattern can be okay.
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Ahh thats it, basket weave, I swear I have the memory of a 90 year old. Im going to cut and paste your advice into a notepad and save it in my pattern folder, thankyou for the tips Suzeeq.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:43 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
I'll give you hint about working with boucle - use much bigger needles than you think.


What is boucle?


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For baby items, my favorite is Bernat Baby Sport
I just bought Bernat baby breath today. Is that similar?
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Boucle is a yarn with small loops on it, like Bernat Soft Boucle. This is Bernat Baby Sport, I don't see a Baby Breath, did you mean Baby Cakes?
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Theres different types of boucle out there but this looks like the stuff I first used. The boucle I have stashed for the lap blanket is finer, with much smaller loops.

These are 3 different examples but should give you an idea I what I was talking about.

Ball of boucle
http://www.recycledsilk.com/images/orlandodyedsw.JPG

How boucle looks stretched out
http://1.imimg.com/data/F/K/MY-75965...lk_250x250.jpg

Knitted look
http://mksoriginals.com/yahoo_site_a...184726_std.JPG
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Bernat Baby's Breath is discontinued now, but you can still find it in Big Balls at craft stores.

I used some of it to knit a baby blanket for Project Linus.

Pretty & Fluffy by Shandeh, on Flickr
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I agree with Jan. If I'm going to invest all that time in a piece of knitting that I want to have last a while and that I can be proud of, I'm going to get a yarn worthy of my time and effort.

You'll never find an itchy merino wool. There is so much variety on line and in yarn shops than you'd ever see in the local hobby stores. They're more expensive. . . but you're worth it, daahling!

I've fondled some lovely wool in a shop and ordered it in line because the price is so much more reasonable. I feel a little guilty, but I have to stay in business, too--paying-my-bills-business.

www.littleknits.com or www.elann.com often have some really delicious yarns at greatly reduced prices.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
I don't see a Baby Breath, did you mean Baby Cakes?
Apparently it's discontinued! This is it here Baby Breath


Oh and whats the deal with this Worsted Weight yarn??? I see it listed in the yarn store and listed for a lot of patterns but how does it differ from other yarns, how do you know if you are using worsted weighted?
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
Bernat Baby's Breath is discontinued now, but you can still find it in Big Balls at craft stores.

I used some of it to knit a baby blanket for Project Linus.

Pretty & Fluffy by Shandeh, on Flickr
Oh this is so cute! How did you like knitting with it? All I got to do was cast on then my needles broke so I didn't really get a feel for it yet.
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