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Danyell
« on: April 23, 2006 07:43:38 AM »

I really want to knit my swimsuit for this summer, but I also like to splash around in the water a bit.

I really fancy this pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTwhitetrash.html



Does anyone know of waterproof yarn that I could use for THIS project (gauge and everything)? I've searched, but Google hates me lately.


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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2006 10:20:30 AM »

well there's no such thing as a water*proof* yarn - all yarns will soak up water to some degree. linen is the most absorbent, cotton is also very absorbent, wool is not at all.

the problem is that most ADsorbent yarns are very summer/beach/pool friendly. that is, a superwash wool would be relatively water resistant, but you'd probably get reeeeal hot real fast.

that's really the reason you don't see knit swimsuits/they aren't practical. i suppose you could try & make your own yarn by serging & then cutting up strips of lyrca & then knitting with them. that's the most waterproof thing i can think of.
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Danyell
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2006 07:43:33 AM »

http://www.knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/product/040219_a.asp

There is Dale yarn coated in Teflon. This URL is a link to a review of a yarn that rejects water. I need to get my hands on this and see if it's suit-able!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2006 11:10:15 AM »

Last summer, I made a bikini from Cascade Fixation. Now, I can't remember where I read it or even where I got the pattern. And I haven't been able to talk anyone into wearing it (it's a tiny bikini) yet. However, I recall something saying that you could actually swim in a suit made of this yarn. I'll look tonight & see if I still have the info at home, though.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2006 11:16:16 AM »

cascade fixation and the elann version of it, the naem escapes me right now, are both suitable yarns for a bathing suit, i have worn shorts made with this yarn and i wore them swimming, they were a little heaveir then a regular pair of cotton stretch shorts when wet, but other then that they held up fine, i would reccomend this if you are still interested in knitting and wearing the suit swimming.

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2006 11:25:42 AM »

And actually, I hear cotton isn't (as?) absorbent if the natural waxes aren't removed. So sayeth the people here, anyway: http://www.nearseanaturals.com/item.php?id=2085 -- it's the last long paragraph on the page. So if you used organic cotton yarn like that, but didn't wash off the waxes, it'd theoretically be mildly water-repellent. Alternately, you could use handspun cotton yarn from someone who knows the wax is still in the fiber. I'd even volunteer to spin you some to swatch with, except that I'm not sure whether they remove the waxes from the stuff they process for spinners ... Wink Now I'm curious and I should really go spin some to swatch with to satisfy my own brain...
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2006 12:05:07 PM »

Once upon a time, I saw a yarn for swimsuits that was a cotton/lycra blend, but that was years ago, and I forget exactly where - all I remember was that the shop was someplace in San Francisco.  Conversely, you could just knit it out of whatever you wanted and line it with a little swimsuit material in a few strategic places for modesty. (i.e. the ever-popular 'why the hell is there a row of eyelets across the chest of this tank-top?' technique Wink )
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2006 04:06:59 PM »

well there's no such thing as a water*proof* yarn - all yarns will soak up water to some degree. linen is the most absorbent, cotton is also very absorbent, wool is not at all.

Well, wool with some lanolin left is pretty waterproof.  Not that you'd want to use that for a swinsuit though!
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2006 04:38:46 PM »

Well, wool with some lanolin left is pretty waterproof.  Not that you'd want to use that for a swinsuit though!

Unless you're swimming in Wisconsin, or something. Wink Though I've seen patterns for "poolside sweater cover-ups" -- there was one in some Vogue Knitting compilation book, I think. The blurb was deliciously nonsensical -- "stay cool in the hot summer weather by the pool with this warm, cozy sweater" or something equally ridiculous. Wink I kept trying to figure out where it's hot enough to need to go swimming in the summer, but still simultaneously cool enough that you need to wear a sweater as a cover-up ... Some place with heated pools or hot springs, maybe?

Maybe it's the same place you wear wool bikinis. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2006 05:13:10 PM »

I kept trying to figure out where it's hot enough to need to go swimming in the summer, but still simultaneously cool enough that you need to wear a sweater as a cover-up ... Some place with heated pools or hot springs, maybe?

Anyplace windy - it always seems hot until you get out of the water and the wind hits you.

Or if you're silly enough to go swimming in Ireland, like my dad's reminiscences about alternating jumping in the ocean and huddling around a driftwood bonfire behind the sand dunes.
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