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Old 01-29-2007, 06:53 PM   #1
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Yarns that pill, yarns that don't..
I'm planning on making a sweater and am wondering what yarns pill the most and what yarns don't. I know that WOTA pills like the devil, but what is your experience with yarns on wearable projects? I say wearable because they would most likely be pilled the most, but whatever you think is helpful will help me (and others). Thanks!

1. What yarns have you had experience with that pill?
2. What yarns have you used that do not seem to pill?
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
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I made a sweater with Cascade 220 and it doesn't pill too badly.....just a couple. I haven't had to shave it yet.
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I'm wearing a sweater that I made with Dale of Norway Falk. It's superwash, and the pilling is really minimal--just a few on the forearms. I just looked at the sweaters that I wear the most, and none of them are really pilled. A cardigan of Australia Merinos is fine, the Karaoke looks fine, and the two I made with Encore look pretty good, too.
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the softer and more fibrous a yarn is, the more it will pill, i.e. merinos are notorious for pilling. however, knit picks claims by using a sweater stone a few times will eliminate pilling forever, which hypothetically could be true as pilling is caused by loose fibers in the yarn. if you can gradually rid all of the loose fibers, the pilling would be minimal except for heavy wear spots. plied yarns are also a little less likely to pill.

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Thanks for the ideas!
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I made a scarf for my girlfriend out of Light and Lofty. She told me it left fuzz allover her clothes in the dryer
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I have used bernat softee chunky from Wallie World and it washed, dried, and knitted up just fine. No fuzziness but it did stretch a little
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How about Patons SWS? Its like kareoke?
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Originally Posted by feministmama
How about Patons SWS? Its like kareoke?
I don't think I want something I have to handwash for this one, but the real question is - does it pill?
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