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Topic: Is Lopi too itchy to wear against the skin?  (Read 404 times)
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« on: September 03, 2007 06:40:11 AM »

I have some extremely beautiful Lopi yarn that I was thinking about knitting up into a simple sweater (V-necked deep-ribbed sweater from Fitted Knits).  It's burgandy and tweeded with little flecks of multi-colours.  My swatch looks great.

I've never knit with Lopi before, and it feels quite itchy.  Does it soften up with washing?  Would it be better suited for something like a cardigan that would be worn on top of something else?

Also, how warm would a Lopi sweater be?  I'm thinking it would be too warm to wear a long-sleeved shirt under without broiling.

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007 08:10:01 AM »

Also, how warm would a Lopi sweater be?  I'm thinking it would be too warm to wear a long-sleeved shirt under without broiling.

I assume you live somewhere that's not cold?  Layering is a must in winters that fall below 0 C/32 F regularly.

The warmth of a sweater will depend on how you knit it.  I have a sweater from Iceland (generally where lopi hails from) that was done on big needles and was great with 1 long sleeve shirt under it on a windy, 40 F day in Iceland (it was spring for them!).  If it had been done in a smaller needle size, I think it would have been much warmer.  I find lopi can be itchy, but then, I have skin that's sensitive to irritants.

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2007 09:16:46 AM »

Fiber experts, feel free to jump in here.
In my personal experience, I would opt to wear something under a sweater made of Lopi.
I made a duster sweater out of the bulky Lopi (Reynolds Lopi), and it was an extremely scratchy knit. It did seem to soften up after being worked up into a fabric and blocked. But, again, I was using the bulky Lopi and I used huge needles to knit a looser fabric.
I also think that Lopi is supposed to be a very warm yarn because there's a lot of loft/airspace between the fibers. This space traps your body heat and keeps you "insulated." Therefore, I think that a sweater knit at a close guage (like the fitted knits sweater you suggested) would keep you very warm. I think it would look beautiful with Lopi, but you may want to knit it a little bigger so that you could fit a cami or a tshirt underneath to ward off the itchyness.
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2007 01:13:05 PM »

I assume you live somewhere that's not cold?  Layering is a must in winters that fall below 0 C/32 F regularly.

Actually, I live in Canada, so cold winters are pretty much normal for me Grin .  I guess it won't be a problem!  My main issue is usually when I go from the cold outside to the inside of a building where the heat is cranked way up.
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2007 10:40:58 PM »

One way to find out if a yarn is too itchy is to cut off a piece of it and thread it through a charm/bead to make a necklace.  Then wear it for a day or two and see how it feels... you might find that it annoys you, or you might be ok.

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