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juleakab:
crochetcrochet
crochetcrochet
crochet crochet!
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 12:39 pm
Using crappy yarn

I've been thinking about making a thin, drapey scarf - more as an accessory than a keep-warm item. (I want to be able to do the pretzel twist thing, but all my scarves are too thick, too short, or both.) Unfortunately, the only stash yarn I have enough of is crappy acrylic stuff (red heart super saver or something similar). I could go buy more yarn, but I don't feel like dragging my kids to the store with me right now, and I was wondering if there was any way to make crappy yarn into a good scarf. Maybe if I did a really loose stitch and then killed the yarn with steam?

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basketcaselady
basketcaselady
The Basket Case Lady
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)

You can kill the acrylic and if that is the hand you are looking for then you will be pleased.

But the bottom line is you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.


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juleakab
juleakab
juleakab
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I tried a sample swatch, and it feels pretty good. I might make it a bit looser when I do the actual scarf. If I end up wearing it a lot, I may get some good yarn and make more, but I'm not really a scarf person usually, I just thought I'd try an experiment.


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kate_mct
kate_mct
Paige
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)

I wouldn't waste the effort. If you can't stand the yarn, don't mess with it. Either go to the store or wait for another day.


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juleakab
juleakab
juleakab
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I made a sample swatch and killed it, and I actually like the way it turned out enough to try a full scarf.


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goodjoan
goodjoan
Joan
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)

IMHO, with cheap acrylic, looser is always better. Can you make a few sample squares with different hooks and see how it feels?


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juleakab
juleakab
juleakab
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I tried a sample swatch, and it feels pretty good. I might make it a bit looser when I do the actual scarf.


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waterdragon
waterdragon
Shel
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)

I've found washing acryllic yarn with a bit of hair conditioner makes it nice and soft. But I'm cheap and rarely buy the expensive stuff, that and I like things to be easily washable.


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juleakab
juleakab
juleakab
Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)

Ooh, good trick, I might try that! Killing it with the steam iron seems to have done a pretty good job, though.


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livindeadgirl
livindeadgirl
Livin Dead Girl
Sun, Feb. 12th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)

Ooo thanks for the tip. I shall try this as I'm cheap as well but the acrylic is really harsh on my sensitive skin.


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jacintillating
jacintillating
call me jacuzzi
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)

i'm of the opinion of the first poster. it seems that you have a swatch you like, so go to it! if in the future you are looking for different types of yarn that are still affordable, I LOVE knitpicks for that.


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