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Old 03-06-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
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Starting an afghan
I am new to knitting and I want my first afghan. In the list of materials it reads: double knitting weight yarn. What would be a good yarn to use?
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:17 PM   #2
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Caron's Simply Soft, Red Heart Supersaver are two that I have used for afghans. Michaels puts them on sale from time to time.
They are big skeins so you don't have to do as many joins when starting new skeins of yarn. They are also machine washable and dryable.
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That's DK weight yarn, which is between sport and worsted. A thinner worsted may do, like Caron Simply Soft, or even a worsted weight. What needles are used in the pattern?
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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size 15 circular knitting needle
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Isn't size 15 for DK weight a bit too large? Or maybe i'm missing something
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:54 PM   #6
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Maybe the pattern calls for you to knitting with 2 strands of DK..I think I remember seeing a baby blanket book that called for double stranding DK weight yarn with 15 needles
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Does the pattern call for working double strands?

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Does the pattern call for working double strands?

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If the pattern calls for knitting with two strands of dk, you can probably get away with worsted, if you want. I like Plymouth Encore for afghans that I want to be machine-washable. It comes in dk weight, as well.
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So I would use one strand of worsted?
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