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Oct 19, 2018 15:37:03   #
swannie
 
Have made several wool sweaters this past year, but around the neckline the wool makes me itch! I'm wondering for future reference if I can substitute yarns at the neckline . . .maybe an acrylic the same weight as the wool? Would appreciate your comments.
 
Oct 19, 2018 15:50:27   #
Amyah
 
You can try that but be also aware that many people ar also allergic or reactive to acrylic. One thing you can do would be to line up the neckline with a soft piece of cotton of similar color.
Oct 19, 2018 15:54:44   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
Would be difficult to have color matches. How about using your sweaters with a scarf under the neckline or a shirt with a collar to keep it from touching your skin? I have the same problem.
Oct 19, 2018 16:08:00   #
Linda6885
 
Have you tried washable wools or washable wool blends? The key word is washable. The manufacturing process smooth's the 'scales of the wool fiber so it is less likely the wool will irritate the skin. You could try it by making a small project like a scarf or cowl, if you aren't irritated than you know what you could use for a sweater.
Oct 19, 2018 16:13:18   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Hair conditioner in the rinse softens wools. You might try that. I have to be careful to not use anything strongly scented since I don't like the residual scents.
Oct 19, 2018 16:22:17   #
ChasingRainbows
 
I can't even knit with wool, it makes me itch.
 
Oct 19, 2018 16:28:05   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
ChasingRainbows wrote:
I can't even knit with wool, it makes me itch.

I offered the suggestion of fabric separation from the sweater with a collar or scarf but like others I can not wear wool either. I can knit with the finer sort of wool but there is nothing in this world that makes it wearable for me. Why not knit your sweaters out of a good acrylic or bamboo cotton blend? There are some especially warm.
Oct 19, 2018 18:28:07   #
klrober (a regular here)
 
All brands of wool are not a like....merino wool with a silk or nylon blend is what I find very soft. Cascade & Malabrigo are very nice...
If you have a LYS nearby it maybe best to visit there & feel the yarns before you buy.
Putting hair conditioner on acrylic yarn is just a temporary coating....
Oct 19, 2018 18:49:01   #
deshka (a regular here)
 
Merino wool is not itchy, at least what I have used it's.
Oct 19, 2018 20:43:49   #
gr8 (a regular here)
 
Can you make a small fitted of lining with a knit (not hand-knit) fabric like a soft cotton or a tricot - something like they use to make slips and night gowns - to keep the wool from touching your skin??
Oct 19, 2018 21:58:33   #
crivitz
 
I've found that something like a shirt or turtle neck underneath the collar helps but what helps even more is making the collar looser by an inch or so. I knit a sweater I couldn't stand to wear and it only had 30% wool in the yarn. But when I ripped the collar out and made it bigger it no longer bothered me and I've worn the sweater until it's not fit to wear in public.
 
Oct 19, 2018 23:33:40   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
You could try merino or lambs wool which is a lot softer than regular wool...just a thought
Oct 20, 2018 05:37:06   #
solshine
 
I use a nice cashmere for my wool. It is soft and dreamy. No itch unless you’re allergic to wool.
Oct 20, 2018 07:54:30   #
amishtulip
 
I cannot have wool around my neck so I wear mock turtleneck, cotton, long sleeved shirts under all my wool sweaters.
Oct 20, 2018 08:45:36   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
swannie wrote:
Have made several wool sweaters this past year, but around the neckline the wool makes me itch! I'm wondering for future reference if I can substitute yarns at the neckline . . .maybe an acrylic the same weight as the wool? Would appreciate your comments.


Not a great idea to do neckline I NB acrylic if body of sweater is wool.
What type of wool do you usually use? A good Merino might not make you itch., Or maybe something with either silk or cashmere in the blend.
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