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« on: March 31, 2009 06:34:58 PM »

Here's the deal. My good friend is getting married in the fall. I have planned to make an afghan for her and her future hubby using their favorite colors. I've decided on this pattern http://web.archive.org/web/20010711184037/members.aol.com/lffunt/spanish.htm and now I have a couple questions. Being a poor college student. I'm on a budget and don't want to spend more than 100 on this afghan but I still want yarn that is soft, machine washable and will look nice so what I need to know is

1) Has anyone used this pattern? If so what did you make, how many squares did you make and how much of each color did you use? I really can't find any good information on the internet on how much yarn to buy for this pattern which is actually really frustrating.

2) I'm deciding between these yarns. Trouble is I haven't used them so I don't know about their quality. Number one on my list is that it has to be soft because i hate working with scratchier yarns. Red Heart super saver is too harsh for me.




Also if you have suggestions for other yarns and or know of any great sites that have inexpensive yarn let me know. Thanks for all the help

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009 07:05:46 PM »

I looked at the square pattern and it shouldn't use to much yarn. What you need to do is figure out how many squares you are going to need for a nice size afghan. Each Square is 7 in. (exp. 5-10 squares wide by 10 -15 squares long) If you have any yarn laying around you could make a sample square and get an idea of how much yarn it will take to make one.
Out of your choices I like this yarn http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2945&PRODID=prd45114 ,  but I use regular Red Heart for everthing and it washes up soft and lasts forever.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009 02:26:27 PM »

Hm...I'm not a fan of Red Heart personally - hard on the hands to work with, splitty, and it doesn't look as nice. One thing to keep in mind with all of the no-dye-lot yarns is that they might actually vary somewhat in thickness or color but there's not dye lot to compare, so be careful when buying at the store. Also, check the length/weight for each ball - you get a lot more with the Deborah Norville for $2.50 than you do with the Patons Canadiana for $3.05.

You might also check out some of the Caron yarn - you can get giant 2lb balls for really cheap. My personal favorite Bernat also has some decent ones. I prefer those and also Lion Brand, which is generally really good quality for pretty cheap. Of the ones you've listed, I'd probably go with the Debora Norville - it looks really interesting texture-wise.

If you figure out that you can swing it, a good, relatively affordable wool is Cascade 220. But acrylics are generally good (sadly, since I'm not a huge fan) for things that people are going to wash. The last thing you want is for your hard work to get felted or shrunk!

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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2009 03:47:27 PM »

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2841&PRODID=prd12385  Try Bernat Super Value.  It is very soft to work and holds pretty well.  You also get a lot for your money.
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