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Topic: Yarn Substitution Help? "super bulky" but no wool  (Read 742 times)
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« on: January 19, 2006 07:23:35 AM »

I'm ready to knit my first sweater! It's a pattern my niece picked out. Cute and w/in my skill set (yeah!). But I can't find a good yarn to do it in. She's almost 8. It's for spring/summer, and her mom has requested no wool, 100% machine-washable.

I'm hoping to find a blend (nylon, cotton, acrylic), but it has to be super bulky (about 10 stitches to 4") and I'm STUCK! Being me, I'd prefer there to be as little acrylic as possible, and certainly don't want 100%. I don't mind doubling something.

Here's a pic of the sweater. Does anyone have a suggestion for yarn? Can I use cotton? (Will it sag?)
(It's the pink one on the right)

Thanks in advance!

« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2006 08:15:53 AM »

Awww, that is adorable!

A bulky or doubled (or tripled) 100% cotton might be awfully heavy, though doubling something like Rowan All Seasons Cotton (a cotton/polyamide blend, I think) could work.  Here are some ideas for bulky yarns, wool and non-wool alike.


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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006 08:35:59 AM »

I didn't think about the weight. That wouldn't work! But the Rowan is an intriguing option. I know a good seller on ebay that I could get a bunch from... It's a simple pattern -- I have to modify it to make it bigger anyway, so if my gauge is off, I can always make a change there too. Thanks!

« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006 05:58:06 PM »

Reynolds Cabana might work.  It's a cotton acrylic blend.  I think it gets 12 sts to 4", but you might be able to adjust enough to work with it.  I like it because it's spun so the acrylic is on the inside of the yarn and the cotton is on the outside, making it softer than a traditional cotton blend.  Comes in a bunch of bright and light colors, too.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2006 07:41:20 PM »

cotton will most definitely sag & missahpe itself & be very heavy, especially doubled or tripled & especially the way most children live in their clothes

is she allergic to wool, or does the mum just want to be able to wash it? because really a wool blend would be much better for drape & shape & there are superwash bulky wools out there...
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