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Old 02-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Durable yarn for felted socks and gloves
Hi, I would like to make pair of felted gloves and socks comparable to dachstein.
bradleyalpinist.com/dachstein.html

They will be used outdoors in snow and ice for mountaineering. I want a tight windproof felt as they will be used in temp as low as *0F. What’s the most durable yarn available?
I was looking at cascade 220, wool of Andes, fisherman. Can someone compare them?

What are other variables involved in making a durable fabric?

I have been told that*
1)thicker/stronger you want it, the farther you want to felt it.
2)knit with 2 strands at a time.
3)use size 11 needle.

Any other tips?

I am completely new to knitting. This will be my first knitting project.

thanks, Huzefa
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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Techknitter has some excellent hints for making these mittens.

http://techknitting.blogspot.com/search?q=mittens
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I've not made any felted mittens, but I have felted Cascade 220 and Wool of the Andes they both felt nicely. A blend may not felt quite as well so I suggest pure wool.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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Thanks. I like the idea of super wash cuffs.

I think unbleached, non dyed worsted/ Aran yarns would felt best, and be most durable and water resistant.

I know of cascade Eco, knitpicks bare, and fisherman. Is there anything else?

Should I double strand if using a bulky yarn? Would that make felted gloves very stiff?

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Double stranding bulky yarn would mean you'd have to use larger needles. It's hard enough to knit on size 11 or larger with superbulky yarns. I can't imagine trying to do it with two bulkys. It depends on the climate of the place you want to wear them. Here in Wisconsin, temps can get down to 40 below zero. Even at those temps, a single stranded mitten with bulky or superbulky can get too warm. You sweat and end up having to take them off. I like to use worsted weights even with those low temps. We layer, putting one of those small stretchy manufactured magic gloves underneath. The advantage is that you can add them when it gets cold and take them out if you get too warm. You could knit a second pair in a fingering weight wool. Wool stays warm even when wet. Read the yarn labels. I bought Lamb's Pride bulky thinking it was all wool, but it's not. It's a blend of wool and mohair, which is goat's hair. The mittens I knit with it aren't as warm as all wool. Mohair sheds like crazy and the hairs get all over everything. Go all wool. You'll probably get a lot of different opinions on this, but I think my mittens and gloves are warmer when I do them with a US size 4 or 5 rather than larger needles. If you look at the vintage mitten patterns from the 40's and 50's, most of the patterns are done on size 1-3 needles.

*Not sure if you use Farenheit or Celsius where you are, but -40 (40 below zero) is close to absolute zero, to put it in perspective.
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I am planning to felt them. I was told that I need a much large needle so that it felt tightly....
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This year we've had a mild winter. But most of the time, we're used to subzero temps. We layer, with long underwear, t shirts, sweat shirts, and garments we can add or take off as the temps change. You stay warmer that way. If you're going to spend any time outdoors, I'd suggest a goose down jacket, preferably something that's water and snow resistant. I prefer mine with a hood to cut down on the wind and keep my neck warm. I've had to unzip my goose down jacket at times because it's been too warm. They can be a little expensive, but it's well worth it.
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Thanks but I am asking advice about knitting, not layering. We have BPL for that.
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Just trying to be helpful. Sorry I got you upset.
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Hehe. I am not upset. Just confused what yarn to pick. Can you help with that?
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