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October 21st, 2008, 02:23 PM
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I'm looking for a denser yarn for like a heavy fisherman's cable knit sweater. Not red heart! I hate that brand. I need it dense, thick, heavy. Not sure how to describe it but I'm trying to make a really heavy sweater, KWIM?
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October 21st, 2008, 02:27 PM
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Are you looking for wool, a wool blend, acrylic, or....?
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October 21st, 2008, 02:32 PM
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AS long as it's not scratchy like the cheapo red heart stuff. I went looking at Micheal's site and I can't tell what the yarn is actually like unless I have it in my hands. I would like recommendations before I go over there.
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October 21st, 2008, 04:18 PM
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Well if you're just looking for thickness then go for a worsted or bulky weight yarn. But fisherman sweaters are generally knit with wool which is what makes them so dense and warm.. but IMO 100% wool is awfully scratchy and itchy! I have sensitive skin though and really can't bear anything but a wool bend or the softest baby alpaca.

Are you looking for something machine washable or does it matter?
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October 21st, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Machine washable I think. I can't stand scratchy either, drives me batty. I might just to go check out different ones. How do I know it's not going to shrink?
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October 22nd, 2008, 05:22 AM
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Machine washable I think. I can't stand scratchy either, drives me batty. I might just to go check out different ones. How do I know it's not going to shrink?[/b]
Well anything wool is going to shrink in the washing machine unless it's labeled superwash. Most acrylic won't shrink on you.

I do a lot of my knitting with Caron Simply Soft.. it's a worsted weight yarn and really soft for an inexpensive acrylic. It also comes in a lot of colors.

You might also want to take a peek at some of the Lion Brand wools. They have some bulky weight blends that are machine washable. Not sure how soft and non-itchy they are though.
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October 22nd, 2008, 10:03 AM
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IA Simply soft is very nice but I don't think it's very thick... knitpicks.com has great yarns and prices!!!! Their wool is not scratchy, and they offer super wash too.
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October 22nd, 2008, 12:29 PM
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Thanks ladies!
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October 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM
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October 22nd, 2008, 05:48 PM
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IA Simply soft is very nice but I don't think it's very thick... knitpicks.com has great yarns and prices!!!! Their wool is not scratchy, and they offer super wash too.[/b]
I LOVE me some knitpicks. Though the only wool I've tried from there was the Wool of the Andes. Which I still find itchy
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October 23rd, 2008, 08:52 AM
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I used the bare wool yarn [merino wool] and it's so soft and smooth. I love it. Here's the link to it.
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