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« on: December 12, 2005 09:30:08 AM »

After Christmas, I would really like to knit myself a nice sweater (my first sweater, as well). But, alas, as nice as I want the sweater to be, I know that I will never wear it if I have to handwash it. Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice yarn that they like that is washable. I would like to stay away from acrylics, unless they really are nice ones. Does anyone have a superwash merino they like, or another wash friendly fiber?
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 12:02:16 PM »

I really like Cascade Superwash 220...good yardage, nice color selection. Nice for sweaters. Easily bought on line if your LYS doesn't have it.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 12:22:47 PM »

Knitpicks usually has good stuff - I'm sure they've got superwas in there somewhere.

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 04:43:54 PM »

Zara by Filatura Di Crosa is my favorite washable yarn. It comes in two weights and is really lovely to work with and very soft and durable.  Debbie bliss Cashmerino which is a merino, cashmere, acrylic blend is also nice and comes in 4 different weights. Zara is a bit more durable and sturdy feeling though.

But if you are going to put the time into knitting something I would recommend you not machine wash it too often. Machine washing is much harder on the seams and it won't last as long as with hand washing no matter what yarn you use.  And always dry it flat. Even machine washable yarn will pill horribly over time if you throw it in the dryer.
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