Substitute for bulky wool yarn?

My husband mentioned to me this morning that he needed a hat for work that covers his ears and neck.

So I ran to my computer with my coffee in hand in search of an easy knitted pattern than I could make.

I found the pattern I want to use but after going to every yarn store in my area I could not find the yarn I need. Luckily, I did find the needles I need at the last store I went to.

I’m not sure how to buy wool yarn so I didn’t buy any yarn at all.
I have acrylic yarn and was wondering if I used two strands would it equal to what I need?

I would like to make him a hat out of wool one day as well but I don’t want to use that scratchy wool. I was thinking along the lines of soft but warm.

Thanks in advance for any help.

I think you probably could do 2 strands together. You could try a swatch with your yarn and see if you get gauge. You might also check at ravelry to see if you can find a similar pattern that would work with the yarn you have. They have more hats than Carter has pills. Oh my, I bet nobody says that anymore.

I was just thinking about making a swatch to see if I came up with the gauge on the pattern! Thanks, will also try Ralvery.

My gauge matches the gauge on the pattern! I haven’t used many knitting patterns so this is exciting to me.

Looks like they’re stranding the fingering weight together with the bulky stuff for part of the pattern anyway, so if you’re planning on doing that part of the pattern, you’ll actually be working three strands for part of it if you double up on the main yarn. But you should be able to find a bulky kind of SOMETHING that will give you the right gauge without having to hold 2 strands.

Depending on what kind of work your husband does, you might want to avoid mohair anyway, unless the Lamb’s Pride is machine washable. Cascade 128 Superwash would probably do the job, and it’s close to the same yardage/weight. Plymouth makes a chunky version of Encore too, but I’m not sure you could get the gauge they specify with that. In my memory, it’s a little thinner. But you could probably get away with either one anyway. The designer says it stretches for days, so if it’s a [I]little[/I] smaller than the given dimensions it probably doesn’t matter.

I think that most superwash wools are soft and not scratchy.

He is a local truck driver so he is outside just about all day.

I don’t know the different types of wool so I thought it was best to leave it there until I got some advice. I would cry if I made a hat and washed it and it shrank because I bought the wrong yarn.

Doesn’t super wash shrink when washed? Or are the ones that don’t say super washed shrink when washed and used for felting?

The Cascade 128 Superwash is soft, not at all scratchy and machine washable [B]in cold water[/B] without shrinking. I think the label says you can tumble dry on low, but it dries fast enough flat. I used it for this hat.

There IS a NON-superwash version of Cascade 128 as well, which I’ve used for THIS hat. It WILL shrink (and felt) in hot water, so make sure which one you’re buying before you buy it.

Superwash is treated to be washable (that’s why it says ‘wash’ in its name) and often has to be dried in the dryer or it’ll stretch out. I find regular cascade 220 to be scratchier than most acrylics, but I haven’t felt the superwash version.

Using 2 strands of worsted can be a little thick for bulky, but as long as you got gauge and it’s not too stiff (which makes it less soft sometimes) then you’re fine.

I haven’t tried machine drying the Cascade, but I did do it with some superwash merino I used in a shawl. It shrunk [I]slightly[/I] in the dryer, but that was okay… it made it snap into shape really nice. But I’m always skeptical about putting wool in the dryer, no matter what the label says.

I’m with you on the regular Cascade 220, but I’ve used the 220 superwash hand paint and it’s different. I don’t know if the treatment they give it to make it washable does it or what, but it’s not as scratchy. The Cascade 128 superwash was fantastic, like the Bon Ami of yarn… (hasn’t scratched yet… oh did I just tell on MYself!)

Thanks everyone. I am working the pattern now. Although, I have to rip it all out and start over because I missed the kfb at the end of the rows!

It doesn’t look like it will be stiff at all because it is soft as I am making it. I’m just going to stick to my 2 strands for now.

I am hoping to finish it tonight so he can wear it to work tomorrow even through I am a slow knitter!

I will try to post a pic when I am done.

Yay! Hats work up pretty quickly, especially ones that don’t have a lot of fancy schmancy. Even as slow as I am I can usually knock one out in a day (or two).

And your acrylic should be reasonably soft and warm, with the added benefit of being nigh on indestructible. I’m convinced that after the nuclear holocaust, the only things remaining on earth will be cockroaches and acrylic yarn. And possibly Funyuns.

As long as your husband doesn’t have to deal with intense heat (and let’s hope as a local truck driver, he doesn’t), acrylic should be fine. It’s not as warm as wool, but it’s still pretty warm. has some nice superwash wool that’s really soft. I’m not sure they have it in bulky, but I know they have worsted, and it’s really good for hats.

And mojo, the acrylic yarn might survive a nuclear holocaust, but it would probably all be melted into blobs, doncha think?

Hmm… if a yarn melts in the holocaust and there’s no human race there to knit it, is the man still wrong?