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« on: October 19, 2007 07:25:56 PM »

I want to knit some scarves, socks, hats, etc. for a charity my church is giving to. I've already made a scarf (and a pretty nice one, I think), but it's super itchy. What type(s) of yarn is comfortable and good for these projects?

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2007 08:06:29 PM »

Look for merino wools - they can be a little pricier but are usually waaaay softer than regular wool. Stay away from mohair. Alpaca, especially baby alpaca, is fairly soft and adds drape, which is nice for scarves. Also, look for wool blended with stuff - viscose, a little silk, a little cashmere (10% or so), bamboo (very soft), cotton or microfiber/acrylic.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2007 09:22:14 PM »

There are a lot of softer acrylics now - Caron's Simply Soft, Bernat satin and Softee chunky (a bulky weight), RH's Soft and some of their TLC line. Lion Woolease is a wool blend that's soft, not itchy and washable.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2007 09:37:23 PM »

Just my 2 cents but if you're making stuff for charity, I would stay with yarn that can be machine washed. I agree with soozeq that there are a lot of nice acrylics out now that are soft and cheap... a winning combo in my book all the way around. I'm a big fan of Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Chunky.

If you're set on wool or wool blends, try to stick with super wash wool. Wool Ease is a nice choice too.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2007 04:45:16 AM »

Would 100% acrylic keep you warm outside?  I've always been curious.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2007 06:16:46 AM »

It won't be as warm as a wool but the fact that it is machine washable is huge.  I have a wool scarf or two and haven't noticed a huge difference.  I make all of my personal hats/scarves/gloves in the Bernat Chunkee or Caron Simply Soft because I am always spilling hot cocoa or food or something on myself.  My family has nick-named me Grace its so bad.  If I didn't make everything machine-washable, I would never be able to wear my goodies.
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2007 09:55:14 AM »

Thank you all for the tips and help! Now if only I could find the label for my yarn so I could see if it's "useable" for these projects.

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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2007 11:33:58 AM »

Thanks Caclark4.
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2007 12:33:48 PM »

I can't wear acrylic sweaters if the temp is slightly warm, they're too hot. People say it's not as warm, but the acrylic afghans are nice and warm.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2007 05:14:06 PM »

So is acrylic yarn good for scarves, socks, etc? As in, is it not itchy?

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