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Mar 13, 2019 13:36:37   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
I've challenged myself to either knit or crochet, I'm not great, but I'm okay at both.

I want to make 24 hats, for the loved and found project, and I want them to be acrylic, I never use acrylic, we have approximately 400 homeless in St Augustine fall thru spring, they just sleep in the woods and panhandle, it's what happens, I'm not judging, actually they cause very few problems, just down on their luck.

Anyway I'm looking for short run varigated, for lack of a better word, not long runs like mandala. If you have any information it will be so much appreciated.

Janallyn
 
Mar 13, 2019 13:47:17   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
I'd start with looking for self striping and then you can see how long the color runs are.
What weight of yarn do you want to work with? Do you want longer runs than variegated usually has?
Mar 13, 2019 13:47:17   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
tsop elbuod
Mar 13, 2019 13:55:12   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
knit4ES wrote:
tsop elbuod


Thanks, I'm looking for short color runs, having never actually used acrylics I'm looking for maybe a couple of feet per color, let's pretend green, purple, brown, just made up those colors. So in essence I'm not sure how to search, I'm a yarn snob, not something I'm particularly proud of, but true.

Thought it's about time to do something for someone other than myself.

Janallyn
Mar 13, 2019 14:17:02   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
This is an FYI post. I was recently talking with the lady who runs a local outreach for the homeless in our area. She told me that the homeless population tend to prefer earth tones and plainer designs. They look cleaner longer and they don't draw attention to them, especially while sleeping. I admit I had never thought about these considerations. She told me this when I was dropping off some bright, happy hats, thinking everyone deserves something nice looking. I usually use a wool and arcylic blend, still easy care but stays a little warmer when damp.
Mar 13, 2019 14:28:12   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
bokemom wrote:
This is an FYI post. I was recently talking with the lady who runs a local outreach for the homeless in our area. She told me that the homeless population tend to prefer earth tones and plainer designs. They look cleaner longer and they don't draw attention to them, especially while sleeping. I admit I had never thought about these considerations. She told me this when I was dropping off some bright, happy hats, thinking everyone deserves something nice looking. I usually use a wool and arcylic blend, still easy care but stays a little warmer when damp.
This is an FYI post. I was recently talking with t... (show quote)


I certainly understand that, I just wanted short color runs because I'm easily bored, and figured a little color here and there would keep me interested. St Augustine also has a Salvation Army, on the way to my daughters home, so I could donate the brighter colors of hats there as they help the disadvantaged. Gosh I sound like a snob.

Janallyn
 
Mar 13, 2019 14:33:53   #
Elation
 
If you choose older brands and styles of yarns, you should be in luck. Try searching using the word 'variegated' in the yarn descriptions. Here is one link for Red Heart and they call them 'prints' but the old word was variegated. This brand, including Caron, Lion Brand, etc. have variegated yarns:
https://www.loveknitting.com/us/red-heart-super-saver-economy-prints?gclid=CjwKCAjw1KLkBRBZEiwARzyE78UK4VDxdY31TmLf9BFvQ6p-YVeHJAJwlpTEgLK4jIFpEaqgBBHYsxoCIIkQAvD_BwE&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=US&country=US&sku=YRE031_0310

I would avoid the more popular yarns marked 'cakes' and so forth, as they are the ones that typically have longer color runs.

HTH,
Elation
Mar 13, 2019 14:54:19   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/james-c-brett-landscape-dk-all-colours
https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/king-cole-fashion-aran-combo-all-colours
https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/james-c-brett-rustic-with-wool-aran-all-colours
Here are a few yarns with nice colorways, that wash and wear well that I have used. A couple say don't dry, but I do all the time with no problems.
Mar 13, 2019 15:02:54   #
vlsg56 (a regular here)
 
Plymouth yarn makes a nice 75%/25% (acrylic/wool) yarn called Encore. It can be machine washed & dryed and because of the wool it is warmer.
Mar 13, 2019 15:05:43   #
grannyfly81 (a regular here)
 
I would stay away from caron. Lately their yarn splits easily. I am crocheting a throw with carbon and the yarn splits. I just have to crochet slower. Being new to knitting will not knit with it.
Mar 13, 2019 15:08:30   #
Ellebelle (a regular here)
 
Red Heart makes a variegated yarn which I believe is acrylic
Here's a link to some at Amazon
https://www.amazon.ca/Coats-Heart-E300-0310-Super-Economy/dp/B0017342LM/ref=asc_df_B0017342LM/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=318472801325&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10394710681184569642&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1002323&hvtargid=pla-314853589405&psc=1

Probably less expensive at Amazon.com

I see that someone has already suggested red heart. Sorry about the redundant post.
 
Mar 13, 2019 15:10:52   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
I so much appreciate everyone's help, I'm venturing into new territory,

Janallyn
Mar 13, 2019 15:10:52   #
Susan from NJ (a regular here)
 
Just a thought: For knitting I would use shorter runs, but since crochet 'eats up' yarn at a much faster pace, I would opt for long runs. Of course it depends on the stitches being used also.
Mar 13, 2019 15:44:08   #
knitwitty (a regular here)
 
Try a camo yarn, it has earth colors, short color runs, and most of the time it is acrylic or a blend. Check Walmart, JoAnns and Michaels and of course the thrift stores for best prices.
Mar 13, 2019 16:39:17   #
littlebunny (a regular here)
 
Red Heart Super Saver Americana looks like these. https://www.knittingparadise.com/t-568153-1.html
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