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« on: September 15, 2013 10:30:55 PM »

Ok, so maybe this topic has already been brought up, but when I searched for it in the forum I wasn't able to find a good post.

What brands/types of yarns do you all use for various projects? I know that acrylic is not the best, but I am doing a lot of 'practice' projects and it is a fraction of the price to screw up. Smiley

This is what I have found so far:

*Lion Brand homespun was a very nice, thick yarn that was very easy to work with. I loved the texture and the thickness of it made my hat go very quickly. It has also been through the washing machine a few times and has held up nicely. I think this is a lot softer than the cheap-o Red Heart Super Saver stuff, but not the softest out there.

*Red Heart Super Saver - very stiff and itchy. I have used it to make a rug before and that seemed to work out nicely. It washed up well!

*Caron Simply Soft is one of my go to's. It is fairly cheap and it is very smooth and soft. The quality seems pretty good for the price. Scarves and even socks seem to hold up well with this yarn.

*Caron One Pound - I have a love-hate relationship with these. They are a fair price but I have yet to go through a single project without finding some knot in the middle of the ball of yarn and having to spend a good hour unwinding it. It's so frustrating.

What has been your experience? Any recommendations??

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013 07:08:04 AM »

There's no one best yarn for knitting, they all have different uses for different projects. Who say acrylic is not the best to use, and why? I use it for almost all my knitting. They don't behave any different from the wool I've used, and you just block it with a wash and dry. Which is all I do with the wool things too.

The trick with Lion Homespun is not to use it on needles smaller than 11s, or hooks less than L. RHSS is much softer than it was 30 and 40 years ago and they've recently switched mills so you don't even have to wash it for it to feel soft. Caron SS is very nice, some people say it pills, but all softer yarns will; a lot complain about it splitting, but again, use a larger needle/hook to get a looser gauge and it doesn't. As far as knots, I don't come across many, some do, but ALL yarns have knots, even expensive ones. You don't have to rewind yarn to find them, just deal with the knots as you come to them - it's not true you have to join yarn at the edge of a piece, you can do it in the middle of a row.

Bernat Satin is similar to Caron SS in look and feel, Lion Cottonease is very nice to work with, as is Caron Country and Spa, though here again, they're very loosely spun and you need to work with a little looser gauge. I haven't used other brands except older acrylic I find at the thrift store. Even when it's 'scratchy', they soften up a lot with washing, repeated washing, and they last forever.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013 07:27:46 PM »

It's all one hundred percent up to personal preference and what your project is, and how you want it to work.  I will use acrylics for many projects, such as bags, dolls, blankets, etc.  I will use wool for projects that I will want fulled later on.  I will like more luxe products for projects like scarves or shawls - especially if it is a lace weight, and one skein may be all I need for the project, therefore $20 for a skein is not so bad - and it will depend on the recipient and what they like in terms of textures and colours.  What I will do is consider that the project is, what yarn is suggested with what needle for what recommended gauge, and then compare with other equitable yarns, their appearance, and the cost, and go from there.  What I love is when stores make a sample swatch too so you can see the patterning in variegated yarns, and the drape and texture of it.  Sometimes it's not enough just to pet the skein.  I used a mixed yarn once for a pair of lace opera mitts that was silk, rabbit fur, and something else.  It was lovely and soft, but when actually crocheting with it, it was a pain because it kept fluffing up and breaking several times.

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