Cheaper alternatives to extra fine merino yarn

(14 Posts)
Saralyn Thu 19-Sep-13 17:56:17

Drops merino is 25 % off at the moment www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/retailer.php?id=1167

Purlesque Fri 06-Sep-13 11:25:53

Wouldn't was too much

Purlesque Fri 06-Sep-13 11:24:56

eBay list merino/silk/cashmere/cotton blends from china. I get them varying from 99p-1.69 for 50g.
It's nice stuff, the only down side is you can wait up to 3 weeks for for it to come. I would wash it too much though!

bunjies Thu 05-Sep-13 21:45:06

Ooh both of those look good. Thank you.

PolterGoose Thu 05-Sep-13 18:03:01

I've used the Drops Big Merino (Aran weight) and it was lovely, as good as other merino yarns I've used.

SoupDragon Thu 05-Sep-13 17:41:15

I was going to suggest the Drops merino. I've not used it but have heard good thins about it.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 05-Sep-13 16:51:57

Drops extra fine merino is lovely, I use it a lot.

If I couldn't afford it. I'd just substitute the right weight of wool in acrylic.

I've crocheted cushions using stylecraft acrylic, they've come up very nice. Maybe not as lovely to the touch as the merino ones, but they look great all the same and a fraction of the cost.

starfishmummy Thu 05-Sep-13 16:30:04

Mercia Naturally pure wool. 2.65 for 50g

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PolterGoose Thu 05-Sep-13 16:15:02

Or for real Merino try Drops at WoolWarehouse at £3.10 for a 50g ball

PolterGoose Thu 05-Sep-13 16:12:13

Cotton On DK at Deramores very cheap try a ball, it has a lovely soft merino like feel. It's DK, what yarn weight is your pattern?

Saralyn Thu 05-Sep-13 16:04:09

Could you maybe fine a cheaper brand of merino? What did the one you looked at cost?

bunjies Thu 05-Sep-13 15:56:35

Thanks poltergoose. I know what you mean, I wish I could afford it but I just can't justify it atm.

PolterGoose Thu 05-Sep-13 14:18:06

Merino is lovely, the closest in look and feel I've found is a cotton/acrylic mix like Sirdar Calico or James C Brett Cotton On, both of which will tumble dry on low. Normal wool or acrylic or a mix of those just doesn't have the fine texture of Merino.

bunjies Thu 05-Sep-13 10:07:03

I want to knit some cushions but the recommended yarn is extra fine merino which would end up costing me approx £35!

Can anyone recommend a similar weight/style yarn that wouldn't be as expensive?

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