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I am crocheting a wedding gift and need some worsted weight yarn. In search of a washable wool blend. Some that I have tried tend to split. Any suggestions?
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Either Plymouth Encore, an acrylic wool blend or Berroco Vintage, acrylic, wool, nylon blend. Both are machine washable.
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I like Encore. Make sure you work from the center pull for both these yarns
to minimize splitting. They are manufactured to be used that way and it can make a difference.
I am in the process of going through all my yarns and got distracted by a fingering weight wool I ran across. It was in a Bag for $5 deal at my local reuse store. Really nice yarn, had a bad barf wrapped around it and no label. So straightened out and started knitting. It wants to split a bit and I think it is the way they wound it in a ball. Too late for me to rewind it now. I use sharp points to help with this.
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I also like the Berroco Vintage & Encore but my preference is Cascade 220 superwash wool....comes in lots of colors, machine wash and dry....I have knit tons of baby/toddler items with this yarn & it always handles well.
I'm now using it to crochet my toy dolls/animals.
I like Encore. Make sure you work from the center pull for both these yarns
to minimize splitting. They are manufactured to be used that way and it can make a difference.
I am in the process of going through all my yarns and got distracted by a fingering weight wool I ran across. It was in a Bag for $5 deal at my local reuse store. Really nice yarn, had a bad barf wrapped around it and no label. So straightened out and started knitting. It wants to split a bit and I think it is the way they wound it in a ball. Too late for me to rewind it now. I use sharp points to help with this.
How do you know which yarn should be pulled from the center? Does it state it on the label or is it something to do with only certain yarns? Thanks,
How do you know which yarn should be pulled from the center? Does it state it on the label or is it something to do with only certain yarns? Thanks,
If it is put up in a skein then you should center pull. Finding the start is sometimes a chore.
MMWRay, thanks for the info. Skeins?.....wow. Good to know!
MMWRay, thanks for the info. Skeins?.....wow. Good to know!
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Either Plymouth Encore, an acrylic wool blend or Berroco Vintage, acrylic, wool, nylon blend. Both are machine washable.
Encore (my very favorite) and Vintage are very good choices.
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Thanks for the link.
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I once had five skeins of a center pull yarn. The number and dye lot were all the same. I knit the first skein and started the second. About halfway into the skein, I noticed a knot. I dealt with it and continued to knit. Approximately six inches worth of knitting later, I noticed that there was a difference in the color! I ripped it all out.

...they had tied a different dye lot onto the skein. the rest of the skeins were all the same color (dye lot) as the first skein. I make it a habit now to rewind (into a center pull ball) all skeins! I won't get caught like that again!!!
I once had five skeins of a center pull yarn. The number and dye lot were all the same. I knit the first skein and started the second. About halfway into the skein, I noticed a knot. I dealt with it and continued to knit. Approximately six inches worth of knitting later, I noticed that there was a difference in the color! I ripped it all out.

...they had tied a different dye lot onto the skein. the rest of the skeins were all the same color (dye lot) as the first skein. I make it a habit now to rewind (into a center pull ball) all skeins! I won't get caught like that again!!!
Yikes! I haven鈥檛 had that experience, and now, I never will! I don鈥檛 usually rewind every ball before use; that is history. Rewinding is the new me!
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I like Plymouth Encore!
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