Hi – I am VERY new to knitting (just followed the terrific how-to videos on this site – what a great help) – and am the proud owner of two skeins of yarn. I’ve been practicing on what I think could possibly be a scarf or a Barbie blanket. We’ll see…
My 7-year-old son is a soft fanatic. He’s also got allergies and sensitive skin – we’ve had good luck buying clothes and blankets made of that really soft microfiber (not sure what it is exactly, but sort of like super-soft poly fleece?). I would love some help in selecting a yarn for him.
I noticed when I was looking and touching the yarn and knitted squares at our local craft store that there is a definite difference in the way a yarn feels in the skein as opposed to the way it feels when it’s knitted. I know I bought a skinny-thread type of yarn that felt wonderful in the skein and just pretty ordinary after I’ve knitted it.
I’ve been searching opinions on the internet on soft yarns and see some of the same types mentioned (Plymouth Oh My, Muench “Touch Me,” Bernat® Softee, Caron Bliss, Plush by Berroco, Patons Carmen, Berroco Chinchilla). Could any of you tell me in your opinion what makes the softest knitted thing? (I’m thinking of making him a scarf – usually the really soft scarves I see at the stores only come in girly colors…) It would be nice if it was a yarn that could withstand washings (hand or machine) and still remain soft – and if it’s fuzzy not be inclined to shed.
I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I only know how to knit one type of stitch. (The one that’s shown on the beginner project).