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I need a US substitute yarn to DROPS Muskat Mercerized cotton, and I've looked on yarnsub which does not help here, b/c I want a yarn that I can purchase right away and get here in the US.

Making the baby blanket that was posted by Mary Diaz, who's been super helpful and generous with her time. I can only make it in a soft cotton yarn, so acrylics are not an option for this blanket.

If you've used a cotton yarn that is very soft on baby's skin, good stitch definition and available in the US, please let me know.

I appreciate your input and suggestions.
 

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Have you swatched with Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton? It is a light worsted weight with nice color choices and readily available. It is very soft and shows textured stitches reasonable well.
 

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MMWRay said:
Have you swatched with Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton? It is a light worsted weight with nice color choices and readily available. It is very soft and shows textured stitches reasonable well.
I've never used it, might give it a try, thank you.
 

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I checked Ravelry, specifying DK, 100% mercerized cotton that received almost a 5 out of 5 rating. Based on those filters and the fact that it is reported soft is Cascade Ultra Pima.
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/cascade-yarns-ultra-pima
Little Knits has it on sale, and LoveCrafts and Wool & Company have it in stock.
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/cascade-yarns-ultra-pima/buy

I have ordered from all 3 of these companies with great success! Wool & Company does not charge for shipping in the U.S. and when I ordered from them last summer, I had my yarn in 3 days!

Here is a beautiful baby blanket knit with this yarn and the stitch definition looks fantastic!
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/LoretJea/96-fancy-cables-and-lace-baby-blanket

Lastly, reading some of the comments on this yarn, people had problems with it becoming a "tangled mess". Since it comes in a hank, I would take care in winding it. Also, Wool & Company has Complimentary Ball Winding! (I do not own stock in them)!
 

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MMWRay said:
Have you swatched with Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton? It is a light worsted weight with nice color choices and readily available. It is very soft and shows textured stitches reasonable well.
My one concern with this yarn is that it is not mercerized. It will be softer at first, but the mercerized yarn is much stronger and will soften with washing.

I am fine with non-mercerized for dishcloths which are quick to make and I don't think of them as heirlooms. For a baby blanket that will likely receive lots of washings, I would opt for mercerized cotton.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/what-is-mercerized-cotton-2117314
 

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Ellie RD said:
I checked Ravelry, specifying DK, 100% mercerized cotton that received almost a 5 out of 5 rating. Based on those filters and the fact that it is reported soft is Cascade Ultra Pima.
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/cascade-yarns-ultra-pima
Little Knits has it on sale, and LoveCrafts and Wool & Company have it in stock.
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/cascade-yarns-ultra-pima/buy

I have ordered from all 3 of these companies with great success! Wool & Company does not charge for shipping in the U.S. and when I ordered from them last summer, I had my yarn in 3 days!

Here is a beautiful baby blanket knit with this yarn and the stitch definition looks fantastic!
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/LoretJea/96-fancy-cables-and-lace-baby-blanket

Lastly, reading some of the comments on this yarn, people had problems with it becoming a "tangled mess". Since it comes in a hank, I would take care in winding it. Also, Wool & Company has Complimentary Ball Winding! (I do not own stock in them)!
Thanks so much Ellie RD for your quick and informative response. I am going through your links and really appreciate the time you took to do this.
 

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Naughty Knitter said:
Why not use yarn sub.com. I have found excellent info and substitutes. Lots of info
Per the original post "I've looked on yarnsub which does not help here, b/c I want a yarn that I can purchase right away and get here in the US."
 

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Ellie RD said:
My one concern with this yarn is that it is not mercerized. It will be softer at first, but the mercerized yarn is much stronger and will soften with washing.

I am fine with non-mercerized for dishcloths which are quick to make and I don't think of them as heirlooms. For a baby blanket that will likely receive lots of washings, I would opt for mercerized cotton.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/what-is-mercerized-cotton-2117314
Thank you so much Ellie RD for this information. I will definitely read it carefully and follow through with the ideas and suggestions. Since this is a blanket for a soon to arrive grandchild, mom is super careful about allergies and will only use cotton yarn.
 

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Just finished my third baby blanket using Cascade Yarns Saratoga. It’s DK weight, cotton acrylic blend. I don’t like acrylic and don’t knit with it but I never noticed it in this blend. I liked the stitch definition and it washed well. I’d use it again without any qualms.
 

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mommorow said:
Just finished my third baby blanket using Cascade Yarns Saratoga. It's DK weight, cotton acrylic blend. I don't like acrylic and don't knit with it but I never noticed it in this blend. I liked the stitch definition and it washed well. I'd use it again without any qualms.
Did you mean Sarasota?
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/cascade-yarns-sarasota
 

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mommorow said:
Just finished my third baby blanket using Cascade Yarns Saratoga. It's DK weight, cotton acrylic blend. I don't like acrylic and don't knit with it but I never noticed it in this blend. I liked the stitch definition and it washed well. I'd use it again without any qualms.
Thanks mommorow. Good to know abt this yarn for another project that would benefit from speckled yarn.
 

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I've been using "I Love This Cotton" from Hobby Lobby to make baby hats and blankets for years. I also have an afghan made with it on the back of my couch. It washes beautifully and gets softer with each wash. It's my favorite go-to for baby gifts! Good luck finding your favorite :)
 

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I've been using "I Love This Cotton" from Hobby Lobby to make baby hats and blankets for years. I also have an afghan made with it on the back of my couch. It washes beautifully and gets softer with each wash. It's my favorite go-to for baby gifts! Good luck finding your favorite :)
Thanks alwaysforyou for the great feedback!
 

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I have used Cascade Ultra Pima for several baby blankets. It is mercerized, soft in hand and in final project. I love using this yarn. It s available in many colors and at many sales outlets(online sites and LYS)
 

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I know this isn't US but I really like Hobbii yarns cotton, they have a great selection and come with so many great colours, I love using cotton for baby blankets and other items they always feel so soft even to start with

I'm just using some cotton/silk at the moment from Ice yarns, I'm almost about to break my yarn diet and go order some more in other colours ????
 
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