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Nov 22, 2013 10:23:27   #
susanmos2000
 
I'm planning to knit some sweaters and would like to use Redheart--cheap and durable, in my experience. However, the regular Supersaver stuff is fairly scratchy (even after washing)...is there another variety that's softer?
 
Nov 22, 2013 10:27:58   #
ziggy101
 
I have used the Red Heart with Love and found that it is a lot softer than the Red Heart super saver. :-)
Nov 22, 2013 10:29:06   #
desireeross (a regular here)
 
Red Heart Soft takes some beating. Caron yarns are very soft too. I shy away from the Super Saver. Feels too scratchy for me.

Hobby Lobby - I Love This Yarn. I knitted my son a scarf and he loves it
Nov 22, 2013 10:36:05   #
maggieme
 
I'm knitting with Bernat - Li'l Tots and it is lovely and soft.
I was knitting Leg Warmers for my Grandaughter, in Public, yesterday when the Woman next to me said "You do know you can buy those at the $1 Dollar store cheaper than making them don't you." I was so startled, I made NO reply!
Nov 22, 2013 10:40:26   #
Deanna 7529
 
susanmos2000 wrote:
I'm planning to knit some sweaters and would like to use Redheart--cheap and durable, in my experience. However, the regular Supersaver stuff is fairly scratchy (even after washing)...is there another variety that's softer?


Caron's Simply Soft is an inexpensive soft yarn. I use it for chemo hats. Hopefully others have other ideas. I find it at JoAnns, Walmart and Michaels. I also like Berroco Comfort, but it is more expensive, ($5 US) and get that at my LNS.

Deanna
Nov 22, 2013 10:41:33   #
gamce
 
susanmos2000 wrote:
I'm planning to knit some sweaters and would like to use Redheart--cheap and durable, in my experience. However, the regular Supersaver stuff is fairly scratchy (even after washing)...is there another variety that's softer?


Both Red Heart Soft and Red Heart With Love are good choices. Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand is also good. Also, in any yarn, the dye color used makes a difference in how soft or rough a yarn is, even within the same kind of yarn. Caron's Simply Soft is soft but also a little lighter weight than Red Heart Super Saver. Also, remember that with acrylic as well as other yarns, when laundering think gentle and cool temperatures; only dry on low heat in the dryer for maybe ten minutes then let it air dry the rest of the way. Acrylic becomes brittle and scratchy with high heat.
 
Nov 22, 2013 10:44:29   #
gamce
 
maggieme wrote:
I'm knitting with Bernat - Li'l Tots and it is lovely and soft.
I was knitting Leg Warmers for my Grandaughter, in Public, yesterday when the Woman next to me said "You do know you can buy those at the $1 Dollar store cheaper than making them don't you." I was so startled, I made NO reply!


Just smile and say, "But then I wouldn't have the pleasure of making something for someone I love."
Nov 22, 2013 10:57:37   #
MaryE-B
 
There are a lot of soft acrylics available. Someone mentioned Red Heart Soft, RH Boutique Unforgettable is very soft as is Caron Simply Soft. Bernat Satin is another very soft yarn. Premier has some soft yarns. Their Deborah Norville yarns are very nice to knit with. Hobby lobby's I Love this Yarn is nice to work with as are a number of their yarns. Marble DK or Chunky is a nice acrylic, but get it online from Deramores in the UK for a much better price than from US distributers. Even with shipping, it's cheaper to order from Deramores.
One of if not the scratchiest acrylics is RH Supersaver, but it is one of the least expensive, wears forever, has the greatest selection of colors of any yarn I'm familiar with and is available almost everywhere, at least in the US. If an item is going to suffer extreme abuse, Supersaver is probably the way to go.
Superwash merino wool is very soft and machine washable if you want to go the natural route. Even people for whom wools are usually scratchy can often wear merino superwash because the already fine merino scales are removed or otherwise treated so that the scratchiness is gone. Today's wool is not what your grandmother used. If it's been 30 years since you have "subjected" yourself to wool fibers, it's time for another trial because wool has become much more user friendly.
Nov 23, 2013 06:26:37   #
TRINITYCRAFTSISTER
 
There are some cheap but beautifully soft Marinner Yarns and also James Brett Yarns purchased from Deramores are lovely and soft for babies and me too. I use acrylic wools so that they are easy to wash and dry without fear of shrinkage as I am very good at ruining pure wool items when I wash them and if they are for little ones they need to be washed that more often.
Nov 23, 2013 07:26:43   #
PatVH
 
I won't use the regular Red Heart because it is not soft enough. I normally use Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" for projects for knitting worsted. I have used Red Heart's "Love" but it is a little thicker than "I Love This Yarn".
Nov 23, 2013 08:41:05   #
LindaH (a regular here)
 
My suggestion would be the Knit Picks Brava line of acrylic yarn. Each skein has 218 yards, and it is SO incredibly soft. You would not know it is acrylic unless you saw the ball band. It makes beautiful garments as well with great stitch definition. Wash and dry without a problem.

http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Brava_Worsted_Yarn__D5420219.html
 
Nov 23, 2013 10:53:10   #
kneonknitter
 
susanmos2000 wrote:
I'm planning to knit some sweaters and would like to use Redheart--cheap and durable, in my experience. However, the regular Supersaver stuff is fairly scratchy (even after washing)...is there another variety that's softer?


I have given up Red Heart anything. Hate the stuff. I use the one pounder skeins by Caron, & Lion Brand. Much nicer to handle & washes up beautifully.
Nov 23, 2013 10:54:14   #
Monterey Knitter
 
I also googled yarn for chemo hats that mentioned many of the yarns above. I am currently using a Bernat Satin (<$5) that I am very happy with
Nov 23, 2013 12:40:14   #
SouthernGirl (a regular here)
 
I like these.

KnitPics Brava

RH Soft

RH Love

RH Vanna's Choice

LindaH wrote:
My suggestion would be the Knit Picks Brava line of acrylic yarn. Each skein has 218 yards, and it is SO incredibly soft. You would not know it is acrylic unless you saw the ball band. It makes beautiful garments as well with great stitch definition. Wash and dry without a problem.

http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Brava_Worsted_Yarn__D5420219.html
Nov 23, 2013 14:07:27   #
DonnieK
 
Had my first experience with Red Heart with Love not too long ago and I love Red Heart with Love. It is soft easy to work with and did I mention that I loved Red Heart with Love? It was given to me to "just try it" and now I look at all of the Red Heart Super Saver and say a small prayer that when I come back in that room that all of my Super Saver labels would be changed by a miracle and it would all be Red Heart With Love. Did I mention I love Red Heart with Love? I forget so easily these days.
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