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« on: November 24, 2006 10:55:02 PM »

What are some good yarns to make a scarf in just a basic stockinette stitch? Preferably a little thicker, not too thin so it takes forever to knit it. Also no crazy 'fun fur' type yarn.

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2006 05:33:47 AM »

There are lots of types/kind of yarn, and everyone will give a different answer. The Cottonites will suggest cotton, the Acrylicites will suggest Acrylic, and the Woolites of course will request wool. Grin

First, there are different thicknesses in yarn

Different fibers in yarn (scroll down a wee bit, but the whole thing is pretty answerful)

There are pros and cons for each kind. Here are a few suggestions:

Acrylicyou can get acrylic yarn almost anywhere (JoAnns, Michaels, Walmart...etc. Its usually machine wash and dryable)
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Lion Brand http://www.lionbrand.com/

Not Acrylic there are so many other kinds of non acrylic yarn (wool, hemp, cotton, soy, silk, alpaca, buffalo...) try looking at these places as a start

I think the thickness you may be looking for is worsted or thicker.

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006 07:52:57 AM »

Indeed, everyone has their preference.  In Nebraska, where scarves are a must-have for warmth as much as style, we usually wear our scarves tucked neatly under our coats, and that often puts them right up against the sensitive skin at our throats.  For this reason alone, I prefer soft acrylic or cotton to wool.  I love wool, but I don't like having wool against any sensitive skin, especially when that skin moves a lot, like when I move my head around.  There's chaffing.  Even with really nice, soft wools.  I also may have a slight sensitivity to wool, though, and others might not be bothered by this.  But for a lot of people, this is going to be something to consider.  Would they want the same yarn up close and personal with their soft chin-skin as they would on their hands?  Something to keep in mind, whether you're making the scarf for yourself or someone else.

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