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Topic: Hot Head- yarn substitution?  (Read 2580 times)
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« on: September 22, 2004 08:43:31 PM »

I want to make the Hot Head beanie for my brother in law, but I want to make sure that it can be machine-washed... he's a pretty low maintenance guy and I'm sure he won't bother with anything like hand-washing.  Smiley

Do any of you have suggestions for bulky, machine-washable yarns I can use?  Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2004 07:17:42 AM »

I am making several of these using Lion woolease, which I think is machine washable- I use 2 strands of worsted weight and it seems about right.  There is also a bulky version of woolease that would be good.  It is 80/20 acrylic/wool.  Or just go with 2 strands of any worsted acrylic.  have fun
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2004 12:17:04 PM »

Hi there, I just made two of these for my boyfriend.  I used Canadian Mission Falls 1824 Wool (superwash merino).  I'm not sure if it's truly bulky though, certainly not as much as Lamb's Pride, so I decided to tweak the gauge a little.  I used 5.5mm needles and got 20 rows for 4 inches and cast on 80 for the large size.  I decreased when it was about 8 inches long so it's 8 1/2 in total for a good fit for a man's head.  You can machine wash and dry it but on delicate cycle in lukewarm water.  Another good yarn alternative (although it's handwash only) is Rowan Polar, it knit well according to the pattern in the book.  Good luck with your hat!  It's a fun project.
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2004 04:20:10 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions.  Smiley  One more question- what's the total yardage you used for the hat?  I'm planning on making it a solid color and want to buy enough yarn!  I know that the pattern calls for 4 skeins @ 125 yds each, but I seriously doubt it needs that much if I were to make it in a solid color...
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2004 04:34:31 PM »

I'm pretty sure one skein (120 yards or so) will be enough for the large size. 
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2004 06:43:56 AM »

Hi Smiley
Yeah, I only used about one skein-worth of yarn. I used some Patons UpCountry which is wool, but I also used some chunky acrylic from Zellers..I think it was Bernat. Its a fun hat to make. After I finished my boyfriend's I made myself one too, in bubble gum pink. You'll have to post the finished piece.

« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2004 01:17:00 AM »

I used Lion Brand Jiffy on size 11s and it came out really well.  (I can't wear wool, so I used acrylic).  Looks great, is cheap, and comes in lots of colors. 
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