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Old 05-12-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Ideas for DK weight yarn that won't break my bank
Hi! I'm wanting to knit this:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...-cropped-cardi

but I'm realizing that all the yarns I like to work with will be too much money for me to chance on a garment. I have knit a few,...let's call them sweaters, in the past and they have been miserable failures. Now, I'm a better knitter now and know the importance of gauge and needle size now but there's really no guarantee. I don't want to sink $100+ on a sweater that might be horrible once it's done. That being said, I don't want to waste my time on a yucky cheap yarn either.

SO,...What affordable yarns in DK weight are out there? I'm looking to spend about $50 on this. I need about 1300 yards. What would work well for this pattern? I'm sick of socks and scarves and want a challenge for the summer. I really like natural fibers but they don't have to be 100%.

Thanks for your help!!
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:49 PM   #2
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I would go for a blend, not as nasty as 100% acrylic and still has wool in it, should wash ok and feel good, but wont break the bank. I don't know what yarns are available near you though, but you can look at the yarn ideas page on the Ravelry pattern page and it tells you what other people used.
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100% acrylic is not always "nasty", and some of us can't wear anything but! But you might be happy with Encore DK, which is 75% acrylic and 25% wool, washable, of course, and usually found for less than $4 per 150 yd skein.
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If you want a cotton, Wildflower DK is nice and reasonably priced. It has some pretty colors, too. http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=346

I haven't used Brown Sheep's cotton yarn, but it looks affordable, too: http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=595

I've also been intrigued by Lion's cotton bamboo yarn: http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yar...rnPage=1694608
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You could also check out Plymouth Encore dk--a nice acrylic/wool blend in tons of colors.
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IMHO, Elann.com has the some of the best prices for yarn!

You can always find a quality, affordable yarn at Elann.
Many brands, weights, colors, etc!

They also run 50% sales on top of that! And full bag sales, too!
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Thanks all! I will look into all these suggestions. There are tons of DK yarns on Ravelry but I got really tired of looking them all up, only to find that they were over my budget for this project.

I'll let you know what I turn up, just to see if anyone has any thoughts about it!
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i was just on elann.com and i found a dk weight yarn for under $2 a skein! it's 100% cotton and has a ton of colors. i ordered 3 balls myself yay for yarn shopping
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Ohhh that is cute! I just added it to my queue. I have some Knitting Fever Angora Extra that I might swatch for it.

If you don't mind mail order, check out littleknits.com. They are based in seattle and have excellent prices, quality yarns and great customer service. I am lucky enough to be able to call them my LYS. Tell them Candice sent you.

I am sure they have some DK for you!
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I thought about cotton but I'm afraid it won't work for this pattern. I don't think it's stretchy enough. I don't know. What do ya'll think? I'm super bad at choosing yarn for garments. All of my choices have been abysmal failures. Do you think this sweater will work with cotton yarn? I *really* wanted to use Malabrigo wool/silk blend but that's super over budget. If I knit it once and it makes me look like a supermodel THEN we knit it with the $$$$$ yarn!!
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