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Dec 13, 2017 05:52:57   #
PatK27 (a regular here)
Hobby Lobby also has one that says no pill. Don't remember the name of it.
Dec 13, 2017 06:33:36   #
jael23 (a regular here)
I would definitely use the acrylic with nylon. t It is so much softer then just plain acrylic.
Dec 13, 2017 06:53:23   #
knitbreak (a regular here)
I love this story! Can you show us a picture of this sweater?
Dec 13, 2017 06:54:43   #
Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek at HL is very soft and easy to work with. It is not supposed to pill. I have used the yarn for several gifts but haven't checked with the recipients to see how the items are wearing.

Dec 13, 2017 06:58:34   #
Deborah Norville Everyday yarn comes to is suppose to be pill-resistance....100% acrylic in Herrschners for $3.79 a 4oz/203 yds solids....3.5oz/180 yds...print...of course you could Google a pill-resistance yarn and see what they come up with...i haven't checked out knitting-warehouse to compare prices...
Dec 13, 2017 07:32:58   #
JTM (a regular here)
Violet.C wrote:
I use a little electric razor to get pilling off stuff. It may be down to how it's washed, though? Maybe if your daughter tried handwashing the sweaters inside out, it could at least minimalise pilling.

If he wore it every day for a week... doesn't sound like there was time to actually wash it before it began pilling.
Dec 13, 2017 07:43:47   #
Red Heart holds up well. The only time I have had a problem with pilling is after an item has been worn or used for YEARS.
Dec 13, 2017 07:45:21   #
tygereye (a regular here)
Well never a "stupid" question that results in 2 new sites to check out like this question had! I just washed and dried the hoodie I knitted and am not happy with the result at all. The article explained maybe why since I have a lot more of the same yarn will try hand washing before I trust it in the washer! I am working a seamless yoke vest right now with the same yarn.
Dec 13, 2017 09:01:34   #
gigi 722 (a regular here)
Premier everyday yarn says it doesn't pill and it is acrylic.
Dec 13, 2017 09:44:14   #
katanamama (a regular here)
Sukiesue wrote:
If it's de-pilled then washed it will lessen the pilling. Another time, washing before wearing helps to stop this. These were tips from when I worked in the trade. 🐹

I didn't know this, thanks for sharing.
Dec 13, 2017 10:10:14   #
There is a comb that I bought at JoAnn’s to move pilling. I use it on my husbands mohair sweaters.
Dec 13, 2017 10:39:40   #
The Reader
annemt wrote:
I just knit 4 kids sweaters for my 4 grandchildren for Christmas. Because I send them away, I do not have a chance to see how they wear. My one grandson took a particular liking to his sweater and wore it every day for a week. My daughter said that while it wore well, it had a lot of pilling. Is there a better brand of acrylic that does not pill or is using a blend the answer to my problem? Thank you.

Deborah Norville has a no-pill yarn.
Dec 13, 2017 10:45:06   #
It isn't the fibre, it is the twist. A tighter twist on the yarn will not pill, but a loose twist (used in yarns that are called "soft") will pill. The reason? The fibres themselves that make up the yarn - if twisted tight, they stay together much better than if they are loose giving the yarn a fuzzy look, or "halo". Those loose fibres are what rub together and become pills. Washing inside out can sometimes help to reduce the pilling, but that is for washing. When wearing, the amount of friction or rubbing will generate pills.
Dec 13, 2017 10:45:13   #
I find that even very expensive yarns pill. I have one of those things (can't remember the name of it) that I run over it to take off the pills. I know it is work but it is better than not being able to wear it at all. I hate wearing something that looks like it is old, old, and well worn:-(. I wonder if it makes a difference on how tightly the yarn is plied.
Dec 13, 2017 10:56:58   #
I have always been told by my LYS owner and other who buy more expensive yarns that acrylic yarns are more likely to pill than wool blends. But then there is the drawback of having to take more care in laundry. I would be wary of any yarn that claimed to be no-pill for fear it would be twisted so tightly it would feel like wearing chain mail, and where's the fun in that? Try it out--hold Red Heart Super Saver next to your face and rub, then try Red Heart Soft. No comparison to the pleasure in feel, but I imagine the Super Saver wears longer without pilling. I think it's wonderful your grandson loved his sweater and that you knit securely so that the sweater doesn't fall apart when laundered!
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