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Old 09-28-2006, 11:57 AM   #1
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Wearing bulky yarn
Is it possible to knit a sweater (thinking about a shrug) with a bulky yarn and not feel bulky? I don't want to look or feel like the Michelin Man. The yarn is a brushed alpaca, gauge is 8 st/4 inches on 9.0 mm (US 13). Is there a stitch pattern that looks best in a yarn like this?

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Old 09-28-2006, 01:14 PM   #2
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I don't have a lot of experience with alpaca garments, but I have read that it is warmer than wool, so you might want to consider that aspect of using it as well. I would imagine that chunky alpaca yarn would make a very warm shrug, maybe too warm depending on how you plan on wearing it. Just a thought... (I'm sure it would be very cute and very soft, though!)
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:44 PM   #3
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I think it really depends on what your body type is. I made the Anthropogie style capelet with a chunky yarn and my hubby says its really cute, but I think I look like a linebacker. I just have big shoulders and upper arms. I think a shrug in bulky yarn is better than a sweater and I think the yarn you have is really nice for a shrug.
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:05 PM   #4
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I made the Topsecret sweater from Knitty in bulky yarn and I don't think I look TOO much like the Michelin Man.
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Old 09-28-2006, 06:53 PM   #5
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I made this sweater with 9 mm needles.



Personally I don't think it makes me look like the Michelin Man (pleace correct me if I'm wrong so I won't wear it again :P)
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Old 09-28-2006, 08:30 PM   #6
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That's beautiful, Lieke! You should ABSOLUTELY wear it A LOT!!!



I love that color on you, too!
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:42 AM   #7
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well thanks, it was just an example of me wearing bulky yarn, showing that it itsn't that bad.
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:29 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I don't think you guys look like the michelin man! I went through my sweaters last night and found that one of my favorite cardigans is bulky weight. It is also looking quite sad and over-worn, so I think I may order the yarn in the cream color and try to make something to replace it. It is knit with an open/lace-ish sort of pattern.

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