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Old 12-17-2006, 12:51 AM   #1
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Yarn Guide?
Hello, I'm thinking about making my first sweater, but still am pretty much clueless as to what type of yarn to use. Is there a yarn guide that someone could point me to? One that tells whether or not a certain type of wool will pill or not... or what tends to be more itchy... that kind of thing.
I like the price of the lion brand wool-ease, but wonder about the amount of acrylic in it, would that itch or be scratchy? Would the sweater look all baggy and unshaped since I can't block it?
Thanks for any help, and if anyone likes any brands, that'd be a good thing to know as well.
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:05 AM   #2
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There are extensive reviews of a ton of different yarns here:

http://www.knittersreview.com/yarn.asp

They're very thorough and IMO very helpful! :D
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Re: Yarn Guide?
Originally Posted by Mariblue
I like the price of the lion brand wool-ease, but wonder about the amount of acrylic in it, would that itch or be scratchy? Would the sweater look all baggy and unshaped since I can't block it?
Thanks for any help, and if anyone likes any brands, that'd be a good thing to know as well.
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Wool ease isn't as scratchy as 100% wool. It will block a little, but acrylic does not mean sweaters will be baggy because you can't block them. Throw them in the wash and dry and they hold their shape well.

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Old 12-17-2006, 10:12 AM   #4
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Another blend that is good is Plymouth Encore.

There are tons of wools out there that aren't itchy--merino comes to mind, but they are definitely more pricey.
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Thanks everyone! That was very helpful.
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