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« on: May 25, 2007 09:30:56 AM »

So, I would like to knit this

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTbadpenny.html

And I would like to use a bamboo yarn blend to do it. I've never used bamboo yarn before. Can it work as a substitute for a cotton yarn?

What do you guys think of bamboo yarn in general? Any recommendations?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007 06:07:09 PM »

Bamboo yarn would work great for Bad Penny! It's a great substitute for cotton because it's another summery yarn, but much smoother and silkier than cotton.

I don't know if you've chosen a bamboo yarn yet, but most brands of bamboo yarn I've seen are gorgeous. SWTC bamboo has incredible yardage (something like 400 yards a skein!) so I don't know if you'd get gauge wit that, but if you do, you'd only need a couple of skeins- a bargain, even though you wouldn't think so looking at the price of a single skein. Rowan Bamboo Soft/Bamboo Tape are lovely too (2 different gauges there) but much pricier.

But yeah, go for the bamboo! It will look great!
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2007 09:58:59 AM »

SWTC Bamboo has 250 yds per ball (and they are dense balls), but it's still a HUGE amount in comparison to other bamboo yarns. It's DK weight, so keep that in mind for Bad Penny.

I just got some bamboo yarn from discontinuedbrandnameyarn.com (I think that's what it was), and the best way I can describe it (and it is SWTC, they just can't say it is) is a delicious combination between linen and silk. I'm looking forward to seeing/feeling how it knits up.

If you're looking for a bamboo blend, I loved working with Katia's Bamboo (60 bamboo/40 cotton). I made Magknits Ballet Camisole with it.


(Pardon me while I twitch at that being about 20 pounds heavier ago)
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2007 07:15:30 AM »

Thanks guys!

I was looking at the SWTC yarn but cringed at the price. I didn't even think to look at the yardage.

And great cami, Lisendral!
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2007 08:27:00 AM »

So, I would like to knit this

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTbadpenny.html

And I would like to use a bamboo yarn blend to do it. I've never used bamboo yarn before. Can it work as a substitute for a cotton yarn?

What do you guys think of bamboo yarn in general? Any recommendations?

Thanks!

Bamboo is a lovely yarn, and I think a bamboo/cotton blend would be nice. Bamboo on its own is a silky, drapey sort of yarn. It tends to slink all over the place, whereas cotton can be a little stiff. A bamboo cotton blend should work, since the yarn used in the pattern is a cotton/rayon blend - which would be rather silky and drapey.

Nice pattern. Hmmmm.... I wonder. My only drawback is that my yarn is dk. But still... hmmmm...
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farrah
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2007 11:54:34 AM »

I made Bad Penny using a mercerized cotton and although I really like it, I think I would like it even more in bamboo-because the cotton is a little heavy-ish.

I really liked making this pattern (although those eyelets drove me a little crazy) and I wear the shirt all the time. I think you should go for it!

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