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Topic: Afghan Pattern that doesn't use SOOO much yarn?  (Read 600 times)
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« on: September 30, 2008 05:22:05 PM »

My friend asked me to make him an afghan - but every pattern I come across says it needs 7 balls of yarn! He wanted something super soft - so I didn't want to use acrylic yarn. But for that price?
Anyone have a great and (preferably quick and easy) pattern that is light on yarn?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2008 06:16:04 PM »

Acrylic can be soft, try finding some caron simply soft.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008 03:58:39 AM »

Heres a link to a page of tons of FREE afghan patterns.  Theres all kinds, so your  bound to find one that would work. Grin


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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008 05:35:13 PM »

Acrylic is soft . . . as long as you get a nice Acrylic like Berroco's Comfort or Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn! which goes on sale for $1.99 once in a while.

« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 10:32:17 PM »

I second the vote for Caron Simply Soft.  It's my favorite, for three reasons:

1. It's cheap! I've been paying $2.07 for a 6oz/315yd skein at Wal-Mart (although the stores in my area seem to be discontinuing it, but no indication that Caron is discontinuing the line)

2.  It's really soft. Really.  It has this lustrous sheen to it, more like a rayon-y thing, but not that fine, more yarn-y. But it makes things look gorgeous, and the resulting fabric drapes beautifully. And the range of colors is great.

3. It's machine wash and dry. I would use delicate cycle and low heat, or you could always dry it flat, but so far it's been great through the washer and dryer.

The only problems are that sometimes you get a bad section in it, with a knot, or it's stringy, but you can cut that out. And, it's not a true worsted weight, it's a little thinner/lighter. 

I got some for $1.50 today, and I'm going back for more.  Smiley


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