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Title: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on March 27, 2007 10:55:03 PM
Hello crafty people,
I am wanting to make an afghan (knitted or crocheted) that will be good for warm weather use.  It is for a friend of mine who's deployed to iraq and so he just wants something lightweight and comfy, that won't be itchy and is somewhat breathable.  Could anyone offer some suggestions on types of yarn I might try using?  Synthetic? Cotton?  blends?  I really have no idea, and I want to make it functional for him and still something comfy to curl up with.  It would  need to be something that could be thrown into the washing machine and survive.  Also, i was considering doing part of it in a camo yarn of some kind, so any tips relating to camo yarn would be great too. I was thinking that if I used a pattern that created some gaps in the stitch design, it might help make it breathable, does that make sense?  Pattern suggestions are also welcome, lol.  basically I just need some brainstorming help! 

:-)
knottydottie


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: jennye on March 28, 2007 08:02:49 AM
I'd suggest cotton yarn for a warm weather blanket.  You can do a simple granny square in greens and browns, for a camo look.


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on March 28, 2007 10:35:21 AM
would cotton yarn hold up in the washing machine?  i want something that doesn't require special cleaning, because it won't receive it from a marine.  in fact, i probably don't even have to worry about it because it won't get washed!  :D


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: HeHa on March 28, 2007 12:52:12 PM
all of my cotton pieces have held up well to machine washing. just make sure he knows not to wash it on hot


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on March 28, 2007 01:04:42 PM
I've had a few friends suggest Knitpicks Shine Sport  to me....and Rowan Cotton Glace.  Anyone have any experience with these yarns? 

I may just need to go to the yarn store and start a hands on search.  I like to feel things, rather than just order them online.   ;D


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: Kiki870 on March 28, 2007 01:06:35 PM
Most of the laundry facilities over there use hot water to wash with, just a heads up!!  I made my husband one out of cotton, and it now could be used as a baby blanket!  He's in Afghanistan right now and I think he could use it as a washcloth now!


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: eatyerhartout on March 28, 2007 05:14:54 PM
Most of the laundry facilities over there use hot water to wash with, just a heads up!!  I made my husband one out of cotton, and it now could be used as a baby blanket!  He's in Afghanistan right now and I think he could use it as a washcloth now!


Eeek! Well, what about Lionbrand Cotton-Ease? I've never used it personally, but I've heard great things about it. Very lightweight, easy to clean, nice colors (although not many choices), fairly cheap. Here's a link to it's specifics: http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/newcottonease.html (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/newcottonease.html).


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: TheDishclothQueen on March 28, 2007 05:31:01 PM
Normally, I think that doing a swatch for an afghan is ridic, but b/c cotton shrinks so much, I'd say it's imperitive in this case.

But, I'd add a caveat, just from my experience.  I have a TERRIBLE time weaving in the ends of cotton.  Cotton is so smooth, it doesn't stick, and it almost always comes undone for me.  So for me, I'd be hesitant to use cotton on an afghan that would be heavily washed, b/c I'd be afraid it'd come undone.  I'd probably consider a cotton blend...Maybe it's just me though, and you don't have that problem. 

Also, definately don't use acrylic.  It breathes about as well as plastic and would super hot and sweaty.  BAD idea.


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on March 28, 2007 05:46:01 PM
wow great info everyone, thank you!  that's good to know about the laundry facilities...although i'm not sure he's in a spot that even has them.  Acrylic seems like a really bad choice, I agree.  Maybe a cotton blend is the way to go, i might have to try a sample swatch, that is a good idea.  Or I could just tell him to never wash it, but I'm afraid it would get pretty gross really fast over there in the sandbox. 


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: isisfae on March 28, 2007 05:58:49 PM
see i love acrylic for afghans... red heart and simply soft being my top two choices b/c both are indestructible and will stand up not only to the washer and dryer but to constant abuse. not to mention you can get a one pound ball of acrylic for $10 and it's all you really need for a decent sized afghan

i've heard cotton works well, but haven't tried it. acrylic is my standby for afghans


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on March 29, 2007 11:33:17 PM
I think acrylic would be WAY too hot though for the temps in iraq.  it doesn't breath at all and would stick to yah.  I have been hunting online all night for a CAMO yarn that's a cotton blend and i can't find ANY.  all the camo yarns are acrylic.  arghhhh.  anyone know of any good camo yarns that aren't the cheap red heart acrylic super saver variety?   ???


what about this yarn?: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250016806045&sspagename=ADME:L:RTQ:US:1

the lady said it was machine washable, would it make a good afghan?  opinions appreciated!   ;D


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on April 01, 2007 08:20:58 AM
Ok...upon hours of late night research, I think I have decided to attempt an afghan in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.  From what I've read it seems like a great cotton blend yarn, easy to work with and lightweight.  My only concern is the washing of it,  i've read that it bleeds a lot.  I'm also thinking it couldn't be dried in the dryer because the yarn is 80% cotton, 20% merino wool.  Any opinions or suggestions about using this yarn for an afghan?? 

Your yarn wisdom is appreciated, grasshopper.

 ;)

knottydottie


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: itscute on April 03, 2007 01:43:41 AM
i want to make an afghan for my marine too!  does it have to be cammi colors? 


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on April 03, 2007 10:36:23 AM
I don't think it has to be camo, but i'm making mine in camo colors because he loves them.  crazy marines.  i ordered a bunch of the brown sheep cotton fleece for SUPER cheap from the Sheep Shed online, they have some discontinued colors that are perfect for the camo color scheme. 

i still wonder about washing and drying this stuff though....

 :)
knottydottie


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: Hounddog on April 03, 2007 10:39:30 AM
I would use Simply Soft yarn. The cotton yarn is very heavy but the SS is lightweight and soft.  I know the soldiers carry a heavy pack so this would be perfect.


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: knottydottie on April 03, 2007 10:44:10 AM
I looked at the simply soft, but it's 100% acrylic which seems too suffucating and sticky in hot, hot weather.  i was hoping for something more breathable, that's why i thought cotton and cotton blends would be better?  are my fears of acrylic ill founded? lol.  also, i don't think it will be part of his packed gear if he needs to go out on a mission off base....i'm thinking that hand knit afghans don't qualify as necessities, hehe.

 :P
knottydottie


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: TheDishclothQueen on April 04, 2007 06:15:43 PM
I think cotton fleece was/is an excellent choice.  Your concerns about acrylic are well founded.  It would not breathe, it would be hot, and NOT loved or appreciated!


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: itscute on April 04, 2007 06:49:38 PM
i guess a superwash wool for a cold weather blanket?  I wanted to go with a cashmere blend...


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: DisneyFan on April 04, 2007 07:46:57 PM
I made my husband a camo blanket with the red heart, but I did it by holding together two strands and did it with a P hook, so it's not a heavy, hot blanket.  I had it out the other day at my son's baseball game and his stepmom thought his dad (who's in Iraq) would really like one.  The thing is, it's been washed several times and is still in really good shape--so, I figured I'd just make one exactly the same for my ex and send it to him.  I don't think most guys care what afghans are made out of--plus, I'd hate to make something out of expensive yarn and then have it get ripped off (my ex actually had some of his things stolen at one point).


Title: Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan?
Post by: itscute on April 04, 2007 08:05:59 PM
well it's good to hear from someone who's actually made the item.    now to find a pattern... i think i'm going with knitpicks swish superwash...

oh, is there a specific size that qualifies it as an afghan? or afghan's strickly for crochet blankets?  or it's more general, like large piece of square  made out of yarn can = blanket, afghan, etc?