cheapest non nasty acrylic yarn for granny squares?

(58 Posts)
EarlyIntheMorning Tue 17-Sep-13 21:27:16

Bearing in mind how expensive yarn is and how much would be needed to make a blanket for a single bed, what's the cheapest yarn I could get away with for the end result to look good and have longevity?

tribpot Tue 17-Sep-13 21:29:04

Early, the one used for Woolly Hugs (at least for Little Hugs) is Stylecraft Special DK yarn.

I have now made 4 blankets that work out at about 4 foot by 5 foot - so not quite single bed size (I would think you'd need 4.5 foot by 6 foot at least).

I used about 8 x 100g of Stylecraft special which sells for £1.99 on the Deramores website. You would perhaps need 10 balls so about £20 worth of yarn.

There is a photo of my latest blanket on my profile. It is a circle-to-square pattern and I used join as you go rather than sewing them together. It's a brilliant method for a lazy trout like me grin

SoupDragon Wed 18-Sep-13 08:06:50

Yes, Stylecraft Special DK smile

£1.69 per ball at Wool Warehouse

SoupDragon Wed 18-Sep-13 08:07:40

NB. There are some very bright colours - avoid Jaffa, Bright Green, Bright Pink and Fiesta unless you want neon smile

EarlyIntheMorning Wed 18-Sep-13 09:44:25

Thank you everyone. Stylecraft Special DK seems the way to go smile. I should clarify that I haven't even learned how to crochet yet but my friend is teaching me and she has high expectations for me grin.

EarlyIntheMorning Wed 18-Sep-13 09:46:55

Thank you for the warning SoupDragon. I really really wanted a little bit of orange. I guess it would be okay to find a suitable orange from a different brand.

Thanks to Soupy's warning on another thread I'm going to make my niece a blanket for uni next year in black, white and jaffa - it will look like Nemo. My niece is driving my poor sister to despair with her wardrobe full of black and sludgy colours. smile

SoupDragon Wed 18-Sep-13 10:19:14

I saw a Nemo blanket on Ravelry. It looked fabulous smile I plan on making a Little Hug to use up the Jaffa I ordered in ignorance grin

Dutchoma Wed 18-Sep-13 12:32:04

Not sure what you meant by a Nemo blanket, Soupdragon I searched it on Ravelry and the only thing it came up with was a Sea blanket, which, incidentally, was created by a girl who used to live round the corner from us before she emigrated to Canada.

Quite an expensive pattern, though and knitted, not crocheted.

MiaowTheCat Wed 18-Sep-13 12:32:43

I have a granny stripe cushion using ALLLLL of the colours listed to avoid as hideously bright! DD1 loves it.

SoupDragon Wed 18-Sep-13 12:33:17

It was just orange, white and black like Nemo the clown fish.

PeterParkerSays Wed 18-Sep-13 12:43:13

Just a tip - if you're doing a blanket, just make one granny square and keep letting it get bigger and bigger, changing colour every row / every couple of rows. Loads of different squares to sew together at the end are a pain in the arse and a real slog.

I recommend either the Stylecraft Special dk, mentioned above, or the James C Brett, Top Value dk - both come in a really good range of colours, and are good to knit or crochet with.

monikar Wed 18-Sep-13 14:40:22

Hobbycraft used to sell some wool called Bonus DK which was nice and soft and not too pricey. I think it was made by Sirdar. They had a good range of colours too. I knitted some into baby cardigans as I thought it was soft enough for that.

Peter I made a blanket by the continuous method you described - it was good in that there was no sewing up, but it seemed so so slow to do, as one round would take ages. I do a lot of knitting so have lots of oddments so these blankets are ideal for using them up.

Woolly sorry if it is a silly question but how do you join as you go? I always sew up using an oversewing stitch but it can show and look a bit untidy.

EarlyIntheMorning Wed 18-Sep-13 14:58:02

The sewing is very off putting and probably over ambitious. Maybe I should do a stripey one... grin

Monikar have a look at the Attic24 blog. She has a photo tutorial fir joining granny squares. It is the one I followed and I could kick myself for not doing it sooner as it is so easy. I do end up doing a (uk) double crochet in the chain space to join - I think Attic24 uses a slip stitch - but I am happier with my method.

Now if I could only get my head around crocheting over the loose ends after joining in a new colour...grin

monikar Wed 18-Sep-13 15:08:13

Woolly thank you very much, I will have a look at that smile . I try and crochet over the loose ends when I join a new colour but it never looks as tidy as sewing them in afterwards.

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 13:24:17

I am also learning how to crochet at the moment and I'm planning on doing the Atic24 granny stripe. Thank you for the yarn recommendation. If I was to attempt a single bed size blanket, how many balls of yarn will I need to buy?

monikar Thu 19-Sep-13 14:20:15

My crochet blankets are for babies and I tend to do about a yard square - this uses about 400-500g. I would think a single bed size would be at least double this size so if I were you then I would buy 1000g so that would be 10 balls of 100g.

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 15:09:45

Really monikar? That doesn't sound like the crazy amounts I thought in my head! smile

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 15:39:44

My not-quite-single-bed sized rainbow ripple took about 1.5 100g balls each of 7 colours. So, between 10 and 14 would probably be about right for single bed. I would estimate more than 10 though - I can't remember whether the Stripe uses more or less yarn than a Ripple.

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 15:46:09

Any photos Soup?

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 16:47:24

Um... here and here

It is what I call "sofa snuggle size" so is slightly less than 5'7" long.

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 16:49:51

You made that??? It's gorgeous! How long did it take you?

MrsDeVere Thu 19-Sep-13 16:52:10

You could do one big granny square. Not sewing needed.

I love stylecraft Special DK

I got mine from Sconch Textiles £1.69 but you get 10% with the code that pops up in the advert. Free P&P over £25. I got the WHOLE pink and purple range for that.

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 17:50:28

How long it took me is kind of misleading - I started it on about 25/7/12 and finished it over a year later grin However, I didn't do any work on it from mid September '12 to mid July '13 The bulk of it was done between July and September last year with one colour repeat and the border done this year.

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 19:09:00

That's interesting. I get the urge to knit between September and December (I'm a knitter, not yet a crocheter), hardly ever during the summer.

MrsDeVere thank you for that tip and the shop recommendation. No pop up 10% off for me though!

tribpot Thu 19-Sep-13 19:20:47

Ah you have to get the bulk of your winter knitting done over the summer! Otherwise the snow catches you unawares.

Alternatively, shawl and sock knitting are very popular in the summer as it doesn't mean swathing yourself in Aran whilst the temperature is .. er, well - slightly more than 20 <fans self>

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 19:29:27

I naively took my knitting to Menorca thinking I would have masses of time to get lots of mittens done. I did have the time but boy I couldn't even touch the wool!!!

tribpot Thu 19-Sep-13 19:33:11

Well this is where going on holiday in the UK comes in handy smile

monikar Thu 19-Sep-13 20:09:26

I knit all year round, but tend to do the crochet blankets in the winter, when they can act like a blanket over me while I work on them.

MrsDeVere Thu 19-Sep-13 20:19:18

Idugup It was something really simple like SAVE10.

You could give that a go smile

MrsDeVere Thu 19-Sep-13 20:23:51

She has FB page and seems to put up discount codes fairly often. Yay

IDugUpADiamond Thu 19-Sep-13 20:32:14

Thank you, I will try that when I'm ready to order my colours; So many to choose from! I think I might order a swatch card first.

PharaohHound Thu 19-Sep-13 20:32:20

I prefer small granny squares to a big continuous one as they are so portable, I can whip out my square , hook and a bit of yarn on my breaks at work or at swimming lessons.

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 20:49:18

I made a lot of my blanket in Antigua grin

Stylecraft does not feel nice in humid weather!

Letticetheslug Thu 19-Sep-13 21:02:26

that is gorgeous soup dragon, do you have a a pattern?

SoupDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 21:11:04

It's just the Attic24 Neat Ripple with my own border.

PookBob Fri 20-Sep-13 21:42:06

I have made several blankets and a couple of bolster cushions using stylecraft dk, they looked and felt lovely when newly finished, but the yarn does not wear well, the cushions especially look very worn, fuzzy and bobbly just two months on.

From experience I think it is worthwhile paying a bit extra for cotton or wool yarn. I'm using the Rico creative cotton for my current projects which is pretty cheap. I bought from Wool Warehouse with a 10% discount code from simply crochet mag.

Purlesque Sat 21-Sep-13 08:45:52

I would like to make a couple of recommendations, I'm not sure about crochet but for knitting I bought some yarn from Poundstretcher, it's called Glenmore premium acrylic, it's £2.50 for a 200g ball.
Also I just tried Cygnet which is quite nice, lovely colours too, especially the pink shades. These are on eBay.
I still haven't tried Stylecraft but Hayfield bonus is nice to knit with.

brass Tue 24-Sep-13 10:14:25

Soupdragon I just have to comment, your blanket is amazing.

I love crochet but find you have to be careful with colours and yarns or it really does end up looking cheap and 'granny' which is not what you want when you've just invested all those hours to it.

Appin Thu 26-Sep-13 20:43:19

Soupdragon, could you possibly list the stylecraft colours you used? I ordered a whole load of colours from wool warehouse last month to start a bright rainbowish baby blanket, and when they arrived they were nothing like the colours on the screen had been! Some of them completely unusable, especially Jaffa!

MrsDeVere Thu 26-Sep-13 22:26:40

The code for Sconch Textiles IS SAVE10.

Just in case anyone needs it

PukousMucous Thu 26-Sep-13 22:48:31

20% off all stylecraft yarn on deramores until 6th October. That makes a Lucy pack £23 for 17 100g balls of special dk. Lush.

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 06:56:28

Soupdragon, could you possibly list the stylecraft colours you used?

Ah... I see you've fallen for the Jaffa ruse grin The orange is a Hayfield one which is slightly less traffic cone than the Jaffa! It took a lot of looking to find one that was the right orange and this one still isn't right - also you can feel where the orange is if you run your finger down the blanket with your eyes shut. It's not a nice as the Stylecraft.

Red - Matador
Yellow - Sunshine
Green - Green [snort]
Blue - Aster (I think)
Indigo - Violet (which seems a bit odd!)
Violet - Plum

The edging is in Cloud, White and Silver.

The purples at the end are a bit arbitrary and clearly not correct for a proper rainbow. They seemed to make the colour change from blue to red the best though.

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 07:06:33

Thank you Brass

I agree about things looking "cheap". I think my rainbow one does to a certain extent because it is clearly cheap acrylic even though it feels lovely. With 3 children one dog and a cat though, I was aiming for practical!

brass Fri 27-Sep-13 14:23:22

I studied Image 4 grin looks like cotton not acrylic and no doesn't look cheap. I've made a note of the colours, can feel the creative juices starting to flow.

I must be the only person on MN that loves Stylecraft Jaffa gringrin

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 15:55:41

I like Jaffa but it certainly wasn't the orange I was hoping for!

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 15:57:45

looks like cotton not acrylic and no doesn't look cheap.

In real life it looks just like the acrylic it was made from, there's no getting away from it. It's what I wanted to use for the blanket though so I am not at all disappointed smile

SoupDragon Fri 27-Sep-13 15:59:00

WRT the colours, I think the green was wrong as it seems to stand out. I don't think any of the others would fit in better though certainly not Bright Green which is the Jaffa of greens

I used
Lipstick (Red)
Jaffa (Orange)
Citron (Yellow)
Meadow (Green)
Cloud Blue (Blue)
Emperor (Indigo)
Lavender (Violet)

for my rainbow blankets. Citron and Jaffa are both very bright but Meadow was calming and the deep purple of Emperor seemed to tie it all together.

BranchingOut Fri 15-Nov-13 17:27:20

Are you able to wash a blanket made from Stylecraft? I am thinking of making a sofa throw that will probably get a few spillages etc.

Is it nice to touch?

BranchingOut Sun 17-Nov-13 09:24:39


alemci Sun 17-Nov-13 09:32:33

I am using Rico cotton to make a blanket. It is about £1.99 online but can be found cheaper and the colours are pretty.

katcatkat Sun 17-Nov-13 14:54:35

Stylecraft special washes very well my blanket despite 9 months of kid use looks like new and has not bobbled etc. I did the attic24 granny stripe.

BranchingOut Tue 19-Nov-13 11:36:56

Thanks, I agonised over different yarns for about ten minutes then bought a load of stylecraft!

Can't wait to get started. ;)

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