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Old 09-04-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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Yarn Suggestions for a Baby Sweater
Hopefully this is the right section. I am making a baby sweater for a friend and I wanted to use a yarn that is easy care, holds its shape and will hold up after years of use in case she wants to hold on to it or hand it down.

I'd love to hear your suggestions about your favorite easy care yarns.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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A sweater hand knit by her friend? Of course she's going to keep it, use it for all her children and hand it down to their children as well. I like a superwash wool or an acrylic that can easily be washed in the machine. The specific yarn depends on the gauge in your pattern but Plymouth Encore is nice and so is Cascade Superwash.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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With the possibility for allergies, I think the trend is to stay away from wools in favor of acrylics. This is something that should be able to withstand repeated washings. New mothers will throw everything in the washer. Even if they are aware of the special care needs of certain wools, accidents do happen and something may get hidden in a pile of laundry. And accidentally shrunk. My favorite is an acrylic baby sport weight yarn. My favorite brand is Bernat Baby Sport, which is a #3 weight wise. It's lighter than a worsted weight as far as weight and not as warm. You have to be careful not to overwrap a baby and make him/her too warm. I'm hearing that they suspect this may be one of the causes of crib death: being too warm. Most new mothers keep the temp in the house up in winter. They mainly rush a baby from a warm house to a pre-warmed car anyway. So I don't think a heavy weight sweater is all that necessary these days. I like to use a white yarn that will blend with any baby outfit and go for boys or girls.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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I think this is a case of "know your audience" which in this case refers to the recipient. How does she feel about wool? Is she into being green? If so she may not want certain types of yarns. No matter which way you go it needs to be washable so always read labels.

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