Mixing Yarn Types in one blanket?

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Krista1 wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 7:20 PM

i hope this is the right place to put this...


I want to make a blanket and use up all my scrap yarn. My problem is a lot of my yarn is different weights / types. Is that OK or should I stick to the same weight for the whole thing?


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on Jan 14, 2008 8:46 PM
GO for it! My trick is combining yarns or doubling to increase the "weight" Do you know the old measure wraps per inch? Without pulling on the yarn roll it around a ruler and count the strands between inch markings This is somewhat time consuming but gives a real accurate match. Another faster way is the rule of thumb; 2strands #2 weight equals 1 of #3 weight/

2 strands#3 equals 1 of #4/

2 strands # 4 equals 1 of #5/

2 strands of #5 equals 1 of #6.

I have made several scarves using several types and weights of yarn in each one. Gives some really nifty effects. To my mind it's more important to make sure the yarns can all be cleaned the same way. Nothing like all synthetics plus one unshrunk cotton or a part wool that can't machine wash. HOO boy!


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Krista1 wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 9:01 PM

I'm pretty sure 99% of my yarn is acrylic (allergic to wool) so I'll be sure to pull all that out.


Good idea mixing the yarns. I'm going to try to be pretty random and just pull colours so this may be interesting once it's done!


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yoursandi1 wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 9:33 PM

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mmmm, I'm with you two. It is a welcome change in recent times that pretty much anything goes as long as you like it. If one person likes it, chances are someone else will agree.


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Kim Werker wrote
on Jan 16, 2008 9:02 AM


I've just finished (ok, I haven't finished it finished it) my first scraps blanket. I decided only to use DK and worsted weight yarns; I didn't have many fingering or bulky weights, so will use those for a smaller project sometime. I found that using the same hook throughout ended up evening out the tension, and am really happy with how it turned out. Same goes for granny squares. Here's a pic from a while back:



ripple blanket



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LaMorocha wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 12:22 AM

Where's the pic? I see no pic! I want a pic!


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Kim Werker wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 8:44 AM

I see it; is it still not showing up for you?


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PaulineL wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 2:42 PM

I don't see it either.


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Kim Werker wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 4:40 PM

Do you see it now?


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DevonP wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 5:03 PM
I see it! I'm using AOL.

Devon


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PaulineL wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 7:30 PM

Yes! It's very colorful.


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Kim Werker wrote
on Jan 19, 2008 10:32 AM

Oh, phew!


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LaMorocha wrote
on Jan 20, 2008 11:06 PM

Now I do! That's brilliant.


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