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Old 06-10-2008, 11:28 AM   #1
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Good yarn substitute?
I would like to make this gown for my daughter who will be born in september, but I'd like to make it out of something nicer than red heart or bernat. What yarn would you reccomend?
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:57 AM   #2
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Cute dress!

Do you want to make it out of a soft acrylic or some other type of yarn? Hard to suggest w/o knowing.

The weight is about a sport or baby weight yarn so anything in that range would probably be good.

If you are on a budget both Bernat and Red Heart actually make a very soft baby yarn in acrylic. All are washable, too.
Bernat Softee Baby
Bernat Satin Sport
Red Heart Soft Baby
Berroco Comfort DK
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:48 PM   #3
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Sky's the limit on budget, no preference on fiber type. I just want something that will drape beautifully when knit. I recently made another little dress from bernat softee baby and it was lovely to work with but it wasn't very flow-y when knit. Stubborn and didn't lay well. I was thinking maybe a soft mercerized cotton for shine or something like microspun (though I'm not a big fan of how odd the stitches look when knitted from this stuff) for the nice drape.
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You could look at Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK. I just ordered some so I don't have it in hand, but bamboo is very shiny and drapey. It runs about $6/50 grams.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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You can use any yarn. One thing I have to do is FEEL the yarn. Depends if you want soft yarn,thin yarn, thicker yarn. Then buy accordingly.
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I wonder if you didn't use too small a needle size if it didn't drape well. If you knit tight you may need to go up a size.
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:18 PM   #7
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Having just worked with some 100% bamboo sock weight yarn I would highly recommend a bamboo or bamboo blend. It is wonderfully soft and drapes beautifully.
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:29 PM   #8
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I have used Sirdar yarns and they are great for things like this. Also have you thought of Sublime organic cotton. I have my eye on some for my granddaughter. I have felt it and it is soft and lovely. The colors are amazing also. Ram Wool has it on sale right now today is last day for 30% off.

Debblie bliss also has lovely yarns.
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Is this going to be a heirloom piece to pass down (worn very little)? If it is I would go with a silk yarn.

http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Debbi...Yarn-2115.html

If you are not after white or solid colors this si some of the prettiests yarn I have ever petted
http://www.artyarns.com/newsite/yarn_main.htm
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