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« on: November 07, 2008 09:11:33 AM »

I have been crocheting for a couple years, still suck at it, but good enough to make loved christmas gifts.

I am making some "manly" scarves this year. One for my boyfriend, one for my dad and one for each of my two brothers. Plus a manly crocheted hat for the bf's brother.

My question is this: What kind of yarn would you use for a "manly scarf"? I was thinking of using homespun, because I like the colors and how they aren't all solid and it's easy to work with, but I want to do a wool scarf for my dad cause well, he likes wool alot. Then my boyfriend and my brothers like soft scarves. They're very picky about how things Feel. So I need nice soft, manly scarves.

So any suggestions on what kinds of yarn you think are good for the Men in my life?

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008 09:29:32 AM »

homespun was a good idea for those who want soft scarves, and homespun tends to come in dark autumn-y colors.
Another good alternative to homespun is Bernat's softee chunky. It's really soft and well chunky lol. It's probably my favorite chunky yarn. Homespun is really difficult to work with if you're not that experienced. To be honest, I got some homespun in a swap and i started to make a big chunky purse out of it and gave up after the fifth row, and ive been crocheting since i was 7. It's very hard to see the stitches even if you use a big hook. Softee chunky doesn't have all the twists and fuzz but it's bulky and soft and comes in dark colors like Black and dark blue.
And wool would be good for your dad. I would go with Paton's wool, they tend to have dark and autumn-y colors this time of year too. I know at the very least they have a heather grey.

Hope that helps some!
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008 10:00:44 AM »

Thanks! That helps quite alot. I'm going to look into the chunky yarn, cause that sounds like something they'd really dig.

I think I've used Patons wool before and they have a good selection of colors, so I think I may go with that.

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008 11:21:52 PM »

Patons does have beautiful colors in wool.  You might also consider alpaca yarn - Micheals has some, and they don't have a big selection of colors, but it's supposed to be just as warm as wool and it's really soft.  I made a hat out of some chunky alpaca last winter - I think it might've been Bernat brand?
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2008 11:29:11 AM »

I have some really chunky alpaca/cotton blend yarn, I made a beanie for myself and It really is super warm and extremely soft! But alpaca is kind of pricey. The only reason i got that yarn was because it was a yarn shop going out of sale so it was $2 a skein and I'm allergic to wool. Sad
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2008 02:39:58 PM »

Oooo, yea I'm going somewhat on the cheap, but maybe Alpaca will be on sale somewhere. I think the chunky yarn will be very manly indeed for my menfolk.
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