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babycarolnancy
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 06/25/2009 :  10:55:31 AM  Show Profile Send babycarolnancy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey everyone,

I want to make an afghan, but am not sure what yarn to get. What do you think is the best yarn for an afghan? And is there a certain yarn I should stay away from? Thanks!

SkeinHerder
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USA
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Posted - 06/25/2009 :  1:15:24 PM  Show Profile Send SkeinHerder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've used Berroco Comfort, Wool Ease and Vanna's Choice. I've always wanted them to be washable. I love berroco comfort because it is so soft. Joann's has a new yarn out by someone that I can't remember the name of.

Happiness is an inside job.

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lella
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Posted - 06/25/2009 :  1:24:11 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Three great choices for Afghans. Afghans are always easier to use and enjoy when machine washable, just as SkeinHerder suggests.

There are washable 100% wools but they can't really be washed in machines; they can be washed at home but it's just a heavy, wet job though. I would stay away from those.

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Gelliott
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USA
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Posted - 06/25/2009 :  4:40:53 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorite for blankets/throws is Plymouth Encore (mostly acrylic with about 20% wool). It comes in a huge range of colors, wears well and is machine washable.


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maribelaprn
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USA
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Posted - 06/25/2009 :  4:52:29 PM  Show Profile Send maribelaprn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There isn't a "best" yarn for anything. The "best" choice is that which suits your purpose. Do you want wool? Do you want machine wash/machine dry? Do you want a yarn with good stitch definition that suits the pattern your making? Do you want to spend a little or is that not an issue?

All that said, I have used superwash wool (in particular Cascade 220 superwash) and had excellent results with machine washing. I'm a big fan of Encore (as Gelliott mentioned) because it's very easy to care for and comes in a wide range of colours.
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SkeinHerder
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USA
385 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2009 :  5:10:22 PM  Show Profile Send SkeinHerder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Encore's a good choice too! I completely forgot that one. I think I use Encore and Berroco most because I like to support LYS as much as I can.

Happiness is an inside job.

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