Beginner needs help picking yarn for scarf

Hello, I’m a new knitter. I want to knit a scarf approximately 12"x62" for my girlfriend using a medium weight yarn and a simple garter stitch pattern. Wool causes her to itch. I don’t have any good yarn stores near me, so I have been searching online for other types yarns. I am getting overwhelmed and confused by all the options.

What other materials and/or blends would be a good substitute for wool? I’d like to find something that will feel really soft around the neck and be warm in the winter.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! :notworthy:


There are a lot of soft acrylics now, and they’re also very warm. Try Caron Simply soft, Bernat Satin, RH Soft and the TLC line of yarns. If there’s a Hobby Lobby near you, their Baby Delight yarn is very soft and has a few colors that are not baby pastel.

Congrats on learning to knit! You are a true charmer.

As for yarns, yes - definitely head for the acrylics. They are washer-and-dryer approved. If at all possible, go to where they sell such yarns and feel them for yourself.

Garter stitch is an excellent choice. Be sure to make it wide enough that on the truly frigid days, she can wrap it around her mouth and nose to heat the air she breathes.

Here’s a thought: knit one for her… and an identical one for you. How special would that be?

And pick a color that will go with her coat. If in doubt, a dark grey/black or a creamy ivory are usually good choices. Browns, blues, and greens can be not really compatible unless the coats are similiarly-colored. Red might be another compromise color to think about.

Good for you! :cheering:

PS - if you use large-sized needles, the scarf will feel softer and poofier. Say like size 9 or 10, with knitting worsted weight [4-ply].

Oh yes, definitely go with the larger needles; looser knits are much softer and cuddlier. Even if the label says 8/5mm, that’s for densely knit sweaters and 10 or even 10½ would be fine for a scarf.

A million thanks, Sue! Your tips were exactly what I needed. I am trying out the Caron Simply Soft.

Thanks for you tips on color and needle size. You helped me with issues that I hadn’t forseen.