Yarn for a sweater?

Just curious what yarn y’all would reccomend for a sweater. I want to knit myself a sweater and would prefer not to spend bunches, maybe something from knitpicks. Any suggestions? (not 100% wool, I need to be able to wash it in the machine-kids)

Either Swish from Knitpicks or Lion brand Woolease.

Well, no 100% wool about rules out any suggestions I’d had, but-

Debbie Bliss Merino aran is machine washable.

Does it need to be a wool blend? I’m currently in love with Lion Brand Cotton Ease. It’s wonderful to work with - even after being frogged many times - and washes great. I haven’t experienced any shrinking or fading and I wear the one shirt I knit all the time, so it also gets washed pretty frequently. It’s a good price too - $4.99 for 207 yds and it’s often on sale for $2 or $3. Oh, and it’s a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend.

doesn’t have to bee wool, but for a sweater I was wanting something warm. winters in NM can get really cold. Not Great Lakes states cold, but cold enough.

I’m planning on making a regular sweater out of it, and I live in PA.:shrug: A cotton sweater would still be warm, just not as warm as wool.

One other suggestion: Paton’s Decor. It’s a wool blend, 75% acrylic/ 25% wool. I think it’s cheaper per yard than wool ease. I like it - very soft with a nice sheen. Tons of colors, too. :happydance:

I don’t have anyplace near me I can buy paton’s to compare with the local price of woolease, but going by what the online stores charge they’re about the same price.

:oops: I just checked Joann.com and woolease is half the price and about 13 yds less than Paton’s. Definately the better deal.

Plymouth Encore. :thumbsup:

I was thinking of doing knitpicks 100% superwash merino wool it’s almost $.37 a yard, and the patons decor is $.38 a yard and the wool ease is $.66 a yard! Holy cow that’s a big difference! Lion Brand cotton-ease is about $.52 a yard.
hummm, I didn’t know joanns sold sock yarn…patons kroy I think it was called. hummmmmmm
o yeah sweater yarn, anyone done one out of acrylic?

I second that!

Oh yes yes yes Debbie Bliss 100%

I was thinking of doing knitpicks 100% superwash merino wool it’s almost $.37 a yard, and the patons decor is $.38 a yard and the wool ease is $.66 a yard!

I was shocked at the difference too. At joann.com, the Decor is $5.49 but the woolease is only $2.99 and they’re both around 200 yards each. Did you do the math right? I get woolease at $.015 per yard and the Decor at $.026/yard with those prices. Oh and I calculated the KPs yarn - it’s just under $.03 per yard.

I did! It was my first project and I used bulky fuzzy acrylic. :fingerwag: Bad idea. I think acrylic is fine, just do it in worsted wt. or lighter. I’m actually planning on doing Knitty’s Eiffel and I’m using acrylic for that.

Oh, forgot to mention that I do most of my sweaters in acrylic.

Thanks, no I didn’t do the math right, I thought about that later, oops. Thanks for correcting me. :oops:

I have used Caron “Simply Soft” and Mary Maxim “Starlette”. Both are acrylic, very soft, machine washable, and very warm. If you use acrylic, just make sure it’s soft enough that you are willing to have it against your skin for 16 hours.

I have a secret love affair with Caron Simply Soft. I love the sheen it has, and it has great stitch definintion. I would totally use it for a sweater. It’s super soft, I think it owuld be warm too. Not to mention washable. =]

I try and use as much natural fibers as possible. I’ve been sold on the wonders of wool since my kids were little and their Waldorf teachers showed me how warm and waterproof wool mittens and socks can be.

I made myself a wool sweater for those chilly New England Fall days and found that I could layer with a wool sweater way into the winter.

I probably would prefer a blend or a lighter weight wool for something I was going to wear inside.

I like Plymouth Encore cause it’s mostly wool and not too expensive and there is a great selection of colors. I’d suggest it for a first sweater project.

Best,
Susan

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]If I was doing wool-superwash or blends-, Cascade 220, Encore, WoolEase would be choices… or whatever my LYS had on sale which is what I knit this sweater out of. :teehee:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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