Favorite Washable Natural-Fiber Yarn for Afghans?

My new niece-in-law suggested that I make afghans for the adult nieces and nephews for Christmas next year. That was a great suggestion!

I’m now looking for natural-fiber (or natural fiber blend) washable yarns for afghans. These relatives will soon be starting families so I want something that can survive families. Here are 4 patterns I’m considering:

[INDENT][COLOR=blue]Branches and Berries Afghan:[/COLOR] http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat13856&PRODID=xprd73703[/INDENT][INDENT][COLOR=blue]Wedding Afghan:[/COLOR] http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/pdf/Wedding_Afghan.pdf[/INDENT][INDENT][COLOR=blue]Iris Afghan:[/COLOR] http://www.dailyknitter.com/iris.html[/INDENT][INDENT][COLOR=blue]Burridge Lake Aran Afghan[/COLOR] (I must be crazy to think I can do this :knitting: ) http://magknits.com/Oct07/patterns/burridge.htm[/INDENT]

What natural fiber yarn do you use to make soft, warm, luscious, cuddly, washable, long lasting afghans? Do you have a favorite pattern?

If this thread already exists, please point me to it. I wasn’t able to find it using search.


You’d want to look for Superwash wools if you want 100% natural fibers. There’s several blends that are washabale, Plymouth encore, Lion Woolease and a Paton’s yarn. Many acrylic yarns are very soft, warm and snuggly, and will stand up to years of use.

Thanks for the suggestions Suzeeq. I’m avoiding acrylic yarns because I am unable to wear 100% acrylic so I assume knitting with it isn’t a good idea either. However, the blends seem seem to be ok so I’ll start checking into the brands you suggest.

How are you not able to wear them? I do know that if I knit a tight (as in normal) gauge, they’re too hot for me. That’s one reason I knit with larger needles, opens up the stitches.

Good question - I should be more specific. My skin does not respond well to acrylic or polyester so I avoid wearing it whenever possible. So I didn’t want to work with 100% acrylic for that reason.

I’ve seen any number of cotton, bamboo, soy and hemp yarns that would be luscious knit up into a blanket. Don’t restrict yourself to wools. Some of them will shrink the first time they’re washed though, so you may want to do a swatch and adjust the size/gauge/pattern accordingly.

Oh, there’s a few wool/cotton blends that might be nice. Knitpick’s has one, there’s one by Brown Sheep, and probably others.

There are several superwash merinos–Cleckheaton is one that isn’t horribly expensive. Nice and soft, too. Lorna’s Laces is a dream, but it’s a bit expensive for an afghan, most likely.

the Cleckheaton is on sale here!:happydance:http://www.yarnware.com/web/yarnware/Yarnware.nsf/Yarn/CLECKHEATON-Country_8_Ply!OpenDocument

Christeen, I love the idea of bamboo, soy and hemp! I’ll start looking into them right away.

Ingrid, you mentioned two brands I’ve never heard of before so I will look into them too.

Thank you everyone! I’m so very excited about the project now.