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Mar 28, 2012 09:03:07   #

I would love to knit a sweater for my younger son's girlfriend for a Christmas present. I'm informed that she is allergic to wool.
I went to one of those Wool Shops and they mentioned some type of yarn, but I can't seem to remember the name and type.
What I did remember was the price!! Too pricey for my budget.

If someone could help me with the name, I may be lucky enough to purchase the yarn at either Michael's (when on sale) or Wal-mart, Zellers, etc.

Thank you in advance for your help and advice.

Mar 28, 2012 09:20:05   #
I was not involved in your original discussion.

I have found Knitpicks has so many good NON-wool yarns and their price is reasonable. I use their Comfy line of cotton/acrylic yarn to make gloves for people who are allergic to wool. Of course it is not quite as warm. My close friend for whom I did this still loves the warmth and the fact that she can have the same gloves, not made of wool!
Mar 28, 2012 09:44:42   #
theyarnlady (a regular here)
cascade yarns have what is called 220 superwash wool, suppose to be for people who have allergies to wool.
Also I would try Caron's simple soft. It really is nice and can be found at michaels,and walmart also Joann's fabric.
Mar 28, 2012 10:05:39   #
If you want to use a wool-type yarn, try alpaca. I have friends with wool allergies that use alpaca fabric/yarn.
Mar 29, 2012 07:52:25   #
you could try knitting in cotton. Lots of lovely colours out there and very soft. Also of course good old acrylic. Baby 4 plyor DK in acrylic is another idea. It washes well too.
Mar 29, 2012 08:20:56   #
There is nothing wrong with manmade acrylic yarns either. There are tons of weights and name brands at reasonable prices that work up very nicely. I suggest you go to a shop that sells all kinds of yarn and just look over the variety.
Mar 29, 2012 08:37:27   #
Caron Simply Soft or Vanna's Choice are nice acrylics that wash up nice and do not loose their shape.
Mar 29, 2012 10:35:35   #
As mentioned by others, caron simply soft, vanna's choice are good also bamboo and cotton yarns. If you find a bamboo without a dye lot you could purchase one or 2 a week with coupons from AC Moore or Michaels. Our are a few blocks from each other, or I bring my husband or daughter and have them use a coupon too. Helps keep the price of yarn down.
Mar 29, 2012 11:52:42   #
I am going to speak here to the wool allergies as someone who is very allergic to all wool and all animal fibers and some "natural organic" plant fibers. When someone is allergic to wool and says they are, please do take them seriously and not try to dismiss it as a non-allergy. For someone who is allergic to wool, it is the same feeling as everyone else gets when they wrap themselves in the pink insulation used to insulate houses. You scratch, itch, break out in welts and have a huge difficulty in breathing. Some say it is only the lanolin in the wool that you are allergic too -- this is total bunk! It is the wool. That includes alpaca "wool". You dont want to take a chance on using the alpaca yarns which are very expensive to buy, make the item, and then find out that the allegy exists with the alpaca too. Trust the person who states they have a wool allergy and knit them something without wool content in the yarn to do otherwise is to blatently tell them "I dont believe you when you say you are allergic to wool".

For my knitting I like to use the Bernat acrylic yarns.
Mar 29, 2012 14:08:43   #
For an allergy to wool, do not use Alpaca. I have made some vests out of cotton yarn and the person can wear a cotton blouse under it. Acrylic may be itchy (like a nylon allergy).
Mar 29, 2012 15:38:56   #
whitelawcs wrote:
For an allergy to wool, do not use Alpaca. I have made some vests out of cotton yarn and the person can wear a cotton blouse under it. Acrylic may be itchy (like a nylon allergy).

Yah, that is why I use the Bernat acrylic yarns. They are soft and are made for baby's skin. Some acrylic yarns can be very irritating, so you should choose one that is for a "baby".
Mar 29, 2012 15:55:19   #
I am very, very allergic to wool. But, I am not allergic to alpaca. You just can't predict how allergies are going to strike. I am told all the time that I can't be allergic to wool, but my reaction to being in a yarn shop with it or if I should pick a skein up by mistake speaks very much to the contrary. However, I am blessed to be able to use alpaca. It is what it is.
Mar 29, 2012 15:57:03   #
I am allergic to wool and will not use it in any form for fear of all the symptoms. I too want to find something nice to use for the Ashton and Alexander shawls that is lite weight any ideas on that? I think Caron Simply Soft is a little too heavy weight for it.
Mar 29, 2012 16:43:02   #
Dreamfli wrote:
I am allergic to wool and will not use it in any form for fear of all the symptoms. I too want to find something nice to use for the Ashton and Alexander shawls that is lite weight any ideas on that? I think Caron Simply Soft is a little too heavy weight for it.

Possibly you could use a sock yarn which is a #1 or a #2 weight?? what weight of yarn does the pattern recommend? that is one thing you should go by in determining what you can substitute for the yarn. :)
Mar 29, 2012 17:08:54   #
You might want to take a look at
They have some lovely yarns at reasonable prices and offer
excellent customer service. I recently made some sweater
jackets with Brava. Its one of their newer offering. It comes
in 3 weights, dk,worsted and bulky.They offer around 30 different
colors. If you order is $50. They will ship free.
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