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linda63pt
« on: July 15, 2005 06:57:41 PM »

Hi! I wanted some expert input. My BIL/SIL are expecting.   I am planning to make the prairie blanket from OAT Couture.  I was wondering if anyone had any favorite yarns. I am thinking of a natural fiber or fiber blend.  I would like it washeable and wear well and be soft enough for a child.  Appreciate any advice! Thanks!
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kwicz
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2005 01:41:57 PM »

I like Bernat CottonTots for baby things.  http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=cottontots  It's soft, machine washable and dryable, and holds up fairly well. 
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linda63pt
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2005 04:49:49 PM »

Thanks! I actually picked up a skein of the cotton tots yesterday to try. Although, after thinking about it  do you think a blanket would be too heavy though, in the cotton.  Has anyone used any of the superwash yarns such as cascade? 
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2005 01:39:23 AM »

Haven't used it, but I wouldn't use that heavy of a wool either, it may be itchy, and will probably be too hot.  I'd try a wool/cotton blend, or a cotton/acrylic blend if you're using worsted weight.  If you're using a lighter weight yarn, like sport weight, you could probably get away with a superwash wool or a mostly-cotton blend.  Rowan has a really nice superwash merino that I use to make baby sweaters, but it's on size 3 needles.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2005 02:34:00 AM »

What weight yarn are you looking at?

My all-time favorite for baby knits is Dale Baby Ull. Beautiful colors, soft as can be, and machine washable to boot! It's a sport weight yarn.
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kwicz
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2005 07:34:07 AM »

Make a big swatch and see what you think, but I haven't found it to be too heavy.  I admit I haven't made anything bigger than  24 inches square, though.  I made a little shrug (and booties which are already too small!) for my munchkin out of CottonTots: http://kwicz.com/valerie/pics/val54.jpg that works well for overly air-conditioned places and isn't too hot to wear back out to the car.  You might look at merino wool yarns, too, many of them are machine washable and pretty soft.  I like Debbie Bliss Merino Aran, it feels yummy.  Can you tell I like working with bigger yarns?  Wink 
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linda63pt
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2005 07:46:38 AM »

Thanks, everyone! I haven't received the pattern yet in the mail, but I think you can use either DK, worsted, or bulky.  I was leaning toward DK or worsted weight.

Kwicz your shrug and munchkin are beautiful!!!!!

What weight yarn are you looking at?

My all-time favorite for baby knits is Dale Baby Ull. Beautiful colors, soft as can be, and machine washable to boot! It's a sport weight yarn.
I'll take a look at it!! Thanks!
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kwicz
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2005 08:28:00 AM »

Thanks!  Have fun knitting.   Smiley
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