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Topic: Probably a silly question but asking anyway! Acrylic sweater?  (Read 274 times)
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« on: August 18, 2014 04:14:33 AM »

A coworker gave me McCall's Crochet Treasury a few months ago and it has a pattern for a crocheted hoodie.
I'm in love with Red Heart's Blacklight yarn and would love to make myself a wild colored hoodie out of it for this winter.
But I've been looking around and most people seem to say not to use acrylic yarn for clothes because it's heavy and gets stiff and scratchy over time.
My question is, have any of you had those issues? I'd hate to put a lot of time into making a hoodie that would only have a couple years of use.
Also, should I just use some of the Vanna's Choice yarn I have? It's an acrylic/rayon blend. Would that be any better?
As you can probably tell, I've never made clothes, just amigurumis and a few wash cloths.
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014 04:23:39 PM »

I wouldn't use Red Heart for items that you wear. There are some brands of acrylic that are softer and lighter though. Caron Simply Soft is one. I also recently bought a type of Loops & Threads from Michael's on a crazy sale and it is incredibly soft. I'd recommend going into a yarn store or craft store and feeling up the skeins. The brands that feel squishy and/or silky are the types of acrylic that you'd want against your skin. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014 04:31:53 AM »

Thanks for the help Smiley
I asked a friend who knits and she said "Sure, if you want to freeze your butt off! Red Heart acrylics don't do good to keep you warm unless they're used in a scarf!"
I've got some Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick that I'm considering. It's so soft and fluffy but such a nightmare Tongue
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