A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Do you have a crafty tattoo?  We'd love to feature it in our Crafty Tattoos blog series!  Share it with us here!
Total Members: 297,470
Currently Running With Scissors:
534 Guests and 26 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Knitted Gift: Looking for Opinions  (Read 436 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
PenguinSoup
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 1426
Joined: 20-Oct-2009

Reject only your ignorance, and you may survive.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: May 20, 2011 08:45:31 PM »

My favorite cousin is getting married and I'd love to spend the time and knit her a blanket for her bed. I know it will take me forever and I don't have a lot of money so I want to get a cheap but nice yarn. I'm not sure if I should bother getting wool as she is marrying a guy who already has little kids and I hear theyre not the cleanest. I'm also afraid she'll forget that it cant go in the washer if I make it from wool. So the question is do I use acrylic because its cheap and washable or a blend thats more expensive or something else?

Here's the thing I'm knitting:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/st-ciaran

I'm just going to make it bigger and into a blanket. Would acrylic hold stitch definition for the cables as well? I don;t want to knit this thing for a year and have it look like crap because of my yarn choice.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Suzannimal
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2011 09:23:31 PM »

That is a beautiful Aran Knit pattern. Your best yarn choice is acrylic (Red Heart brand), which gets softer the more you wash it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
PenguinSoup
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 1426
Joined: 20-Oct-2009

Reject only your ignorance, and you may survive.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011 05:47:38 PM »

Thanks for the advice! It's going to be in a deep forest green if I can find the right colour.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

sarahj2001
Knitting Moderator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 3271
Joined: 18-Dec-2008


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011 08:00:18 PM »

You could also use a bit better acrylic.  I like Vanna's Choice, it just has a nicer feel than Red Heart.  It's a little more expensive then Red Heart but I think worth the few cents more.   I'd go to the yarn section of Micheals or Joann's or whatever and just pick what feels best to you.  Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Idle Hands
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011 10:20:58 PM »

I've also used the Caron one pounders.  Those are much better acrylic than Red Heart.  The blanket I made with Caron I washed on hot the first time and it came out incredibly soft and no loose tails.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

What would you get if you crossed a goat and a sheep?
An animal that eats tin cans and gives back steel wool.
PenguinSoup
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 1426
Joined: 20-Oct-2009

Reject only your ignorance, and you may survive.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011 05:37:41 PM »

Thanks! I've always wanted to try caron yarns anyways so it'll give me a chance. I checked into using those gigantic balls of redheart or pheonix. It should only cost me about $40-$60 for the whole thing. That's definitely doable. Thanks!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

striker923
Offline Offline

Posts: 1703
Joined: 04-Sep-2008

Rogues do it from behind


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2011 10:59:23 AM »

Lovely pattern! I think she'll like it! Smiley

I second acrylic: it does soften and look nicer once washed.  But you could also look at something like Lion Brand Wool-Ease, which is a machine washable wool and acrylic blend...not sure if it would fit in your budget though.

Happy Knitting! I can't wait to see it finished! Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Jennifer Lawrence Debuts New Haircut and a Sexy LBD
How to Dress Casually
Essential Summer Beauty Products
Summer And Spring Style Trends 2013
Rules Of Thumb For Eyebrow Shaping
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Sandwich Wrap
Falling Leaves
Meatless Monday: Provencal Inspired Quiche

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.