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« on: October 31, 2008 12:45:11 PM »


Hey all!

I just bought some yarn to make a baby blanket for my cousin's baby based on colors not really softness.... DOH! Kinda stupid move right there. Anyway I went to check the comments on Ravelry and someone said that TLC Essentials yarn is too rough for babies.... so I am asking you trusty craftsters, do you find this to be true? If so do you think there is a better choice.... keep in mind I am kinda poor right now.....

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2008 07:08:29 PM »

Only 1 person said it was too rough? Some people think ANY acrylic is too rough, but it actually softens up quite a lot with washing. I have some essentials and find it kind of in the middle - not too rough and not as soft as others. I'd use it for a baby blanket. If you decide not to, Caron Simply Soft is very soft, walmart has the new SS Eco and it's pretty cheap, less than essentials.
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2008 07:32:39 PM »

I also think it depends on the knit..a tighter weave to me tends to be more scratchy..

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2008 08:33:15 AM »

That's very true. I think the reason most people reject acrylic as too rough is because of a tight gauge (even though it's one called for in a pattern). I saw a sample of Bernat softee chunky knit up in the store at the label gauge using size 10s. I had the very same color even which I had knit on size 11s. Mine was soft and drapey, while the swatch was stiff and rough. I've found that using a size 10 or 10.5 on worsted makes it much nicer than knitting the yarn on 8s. And I'm neither a loose nor tight knitter, just average.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2008 02:28:33 PM »

any acrylic is too rough for babies?  No way, I used Bernat Harmony for a baby blanket and It is sooooo soft, it wasn't very expensive either, It only took 4 skeins for the blanket.

Not meaning to steal your topic here lamamarco, but I was wondering if anyone knew if bamboo yarn would be good for making baby items?  I have a friend who's having a baby in January and she's all about eco-friendly and green baby products.  Would bamboo yarn hold up well?  It seems soft enough to the touch...
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2008 07:21:22 PM »

Well some people think all acrylic is too rough for adults as well as babies , but it's changed a lot over the years.

Bamboo yarn can stretch and needs to be knit at a tighter gauge, I think, but it should be okay for baby things.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008 11:49:19 AM »

Thank you for all your input and advice. :]
 I think I am going to go for it and knit the blanket with slightly bigger needles. Hopefully washing it with some fabric softener will help too!
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2008 12:40:53 PM »

Sometimes adding hair conditioner to the rinse works too.
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2008 06:14:27 PM »

If the fabric softener doesn't do the job, I'll make sure to try the conditioner too! Thanks!
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