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Old 05-07-2007, 04:25 PM   #1
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OLEFIN CHENILLE YARN
Can anyone tell me about this type of yarn. I have been looking at, but i really don't know if it is what I want.

I have a pattern for a bulky weight yarn and I thought I would try to use this in place of it.

Ebay has alot of chenille and it seems like it is priced good. Could I use chenille to make a bulky vest or sweater, in place of bulky wool?

And has anyone bought chenille off ebay.

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Old 05-07-2007, 06:07 PM   #2
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If the pattern is dependant on the type of yarn, than you should use what the pattern calls for. If it's a plain, simple vest, than you probably could.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:15 PM   #3
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Yes, it is a very plain vest, garter stitch, and the pattern calls for a bulky weight yarn.

Thanks for the reply.

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I've bought A TON of chenille yarn on cones on ebay. The price is great. However, I have found that I don't knit with it. I use it for crochet, mainly. Knitting with chenille is tricky. It is virtually un-froggable. It also is prone to "worms" which are big loops that appear on the knit fabric for no good reason. Additionally, it has no elasticity whatsoever. Olefin in particular is very breaky and fuzzy. It would be hard to wear a garment made of it, as it would fuzz all over you. If you feel chenille yarn in Michael's, for instance (like Lion Chenille or Caron Jewels) it feels very soft and strong, and does not shed. Olefin is not like that.
At the price you are probably going to pay, it's not a big waste of money just to experiment with it, but be ready for a bit of a disappointment.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:51 AM   #5
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OLEFIN CHENILLE YARN

Extremely fustrating to knit with . Works great for crochet .

If done in garter stitch it is ok .

When I got this yarn it was listed as a worsted weight.

It's not , it seems to be more of a light weight . Definitly not bulky weight.

Save your sanity and get a bulky weight yarn , which is what your pattern calls for anyway .
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Thank you everyone for your comments. I did not buy the yarn I was looking at.

I will now hunt for some bulky weight regular yarn.

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