Monday, June 26, 2006


Yarn selection

I'm planning to make a baby log cabin blanket and could use some suggestions for the yarn. I want it to be bright and colorful, but it also has to be machine washable. It would be great if I could find something reasonably priced as well as I am a poor graduate student who likes to occasionally eat and pay rent as well as knit. Any ideas or suggestions of what works or what to stay away from would be greatly appreciated.

I used Caron Simply Soft for my Moderne Baby Blanket. I am very happy with the results. Also, you can check into KnitPicks Shine Worsted. It's really pretty and machine washable and dryable too.
Reynolds Saucy - great price and great colors at

I've been knitting non-MDK baby blankets with it, and it's lovely - soft, but with a little sheen as well.
Can you machine wash the Reynolds Saucy? How does it hold up?
im using sonata. it's working up quickly and very cushy on size 3 needles. there are a million colors and i think my 24 balls will go very far.
I'm using Encore Worsted Weight by Plymouth Yarns. It is about $5 for a 200 yard skein. I like how it is knitting up for my Moderne Baby Blanket and the color selections are outstanding. It is also machine washable. Good luck.
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i dont think the Reynolds saucy is mach washable :(
I, too, just bought Caron Simply Soft in the Brites colors for my 5 year old's log cabin quilt. I only bought one skein of each so far, because I'm not sure how big I intend to make it, and the colors are newer and readily available to me at the local JoAnnes', so I don't mind going back for more each time :) I think I spent a total of 12 dollars on the 5 skeins I bought.
I'm doing one out of's Shine Sport. Great colors, machine washable.
Check out They have a Filatura di Crosa yarn called Adhoc Maxi that is cotton and machine washable. It's half price- about $3.50 for 100 grams. There are tons of great colors. If you decide to go that route, let me know how ot works out. I haven't used this yarn, but it looks beautiful. When I saw it I thought of what a wonderful log cabin blanket it would make. Good luck!
I'm currently doing the Modern Baby Blanket in Red Heart Baby Teri. It's very squooshy, and inexpensive.
I used Takhi Cotton Classic which you can get on sale on some sites, it knits up nicely and holds up well in the wash, even if it recommends not to. I'm doing a second in Saucy and it seems to be coming out fine as well.
Ditto on the Sonata. Machine washable, $1.98/skein for the solids and I think 2.25 for the variegateds, and plenty of colors. I made one out of Sugar n Cream for a friend's toddler, and that looked nice too.
Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I think I've narrowed it down to the Caron and the Sonata ($1.98?!!! Yippee!). I think the final decision will go down to the color selection of the Caron at the Michaels in Queens. I've never ordered yarn online for a big project like this and I'm a little nervous about getting the right colors even though the Sonata seems hard to beat. Will post updates! Thanks again for the help- Mariel
i found the sonata colors to be pretty true to what was on my computer screen - but no telling if yours will show them the same way i suppose.
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